Passaic New Jersey police is investigating possible arson that destroyed a local pizza restaurant.
The fire occurred just before 10:00 p.m. at Bruno’s Pizzeria on the 600 block of Main Avenue in Passaic, NJ. The Passaic Police Department got a report of smoke coming from the pizza parlor and immediately sent officers and firefighters to the area.
According to law enforcement officials, the fire spread from the restaurant to a number of other businesses located on the same block. Several properties sustained significant property damage.
The good news is that no one was hurt due to the Passaic fire. Two families had to evacuate the properties, but they managed to escape without serious injury.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office arson investigation unit and the Passaic Police Department are investigating the fire.
If authorities determine that someone started the fire on purpose, the culprit could face criminal charges for arson. N.J.S.A. 2C:17-1 stipulates that arson is a third degree crime that carries a penalty of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “7-Alarm Fire Destroys Pizza Shop, Damages Row of Businesses.”