Fire in Perth Amboy destroys three businesses

January 2, 2008 5:39:18 AM PST
A four-alarm fire destroyed a pizzeria and two adjacent buildings in Perth Amboy New Year's Day, forcing the evacuation of several nearby residents.Apparently no one was hurt in the fire, which hit around 2:00 p.m. at Stella Pizza and Restaurant, and quickly spread to the adjoining business.

Mayor Joe Vas says all three buildings were a total loss, and that a faulty furnace might be to blame.

Neighbors living nearby had to be evacuated for a time due to heavy smoke in the area, and were put up at a senior citizens center. They were expected to be allowed to return to their homes Tuesday night.