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Lyndhurst Fire Destroys Dentist's Office, Apartments

Firefighters continued to douse the flames after the fire was extinguished.
Firefighters continued to douse the flames after the fire was extinguished. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
A bull terrier was rescued from the building, responders said.
A bull terrier was rescued from the building, responders said. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading beyond the building.
Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading beyond the building. Photo Credit: Damien Danis
Video Credit: Eric Pfeiffer
Everyone got out safely.
Everyone got out safely. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Outside the Stuyvesant Avenue business.
Outside the Stuyvesant Avenue business. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

LYNDHURST, N.J. -- A fast-moving fire Friday afternoon that began in a dentist's office closed for Good Friday consumed a multi-use Lyndhurst building.

The Stuyvesant Avenue building, which also housed two apartments, will have to be destroyed, Lyndhurst Fire Chief Paul Haggerty told Daily Voice.

No one was hurt, he said.

"The fire flashed over a firefighter who thought he was burned," Haggerty said. "He was checked out and it turned out he wasn't, luckily."

A bull terrier was rescued from the building, and all of the animals were removed safely from the nearby Humane Society a few doors down.

Authorities were trying to determine the cause.

Police responding to the 4:50 p.m. call found flames shooting out the windows and front door of the office, Haggerty said.

"It's an old building with several ceilings," the chief said. "It spread instantly. We had no chance."

A brick wall kept the flames from spreading to a dry cleaners next door.

North Arlington and East Rutherford firefighters also responded, along with North Arlington EMS and Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad responded.

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