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Fire heavily damages New Jersey boardwalk cafe

April 14, 2019
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Firefighters battle a fire that broke out at Dunes Boardwalk Cafe and spread to an adjoining strip of stores, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Ocean Grove, N.J. Officials in Ocean Grove said the fire broke out at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dunes Boardwalk Cafe building, which houses several seasonal businesses and was apparently unoccupied at the time. (Susanne Cervenka/The Asbury Park Press via AP)

OCEAN GROVE, N.J. (AP) — Fire has heavily damaged a New Jersey boardwalk cafe, but no injuries have been reported.

Officials in Ocean Grove said the fire broke out at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dunes Boardwalk Cafe building, which houses several seasonal businesses and was apparently unoccupied at the time.

Firefighters battled the flames from the roof, but flames eventually shot out of the upper part of the building.

The Asbury Park Press reports that a Neptune Township police officer pushed back the beach crowd, yelling “The whole thing is going to go.” The roof collapsed sometime after 2 p.m. Saturday.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known. It was just a block north of a 2017 fire that damaged or destroyed seven buildings.

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