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'Haunted' NJ restaurant burns down

April 20, 2009 8:31:36 AM PDT
A spectacular third-alarm fire burned down a vacant Roselle Park restaurant that was the subject of local ghosthunting lore. Massive flames tore through the old Domani's Restaurant and Lounge at 230 West Westfield Avenue just after midnight Monday.

The building, now vacant, was quickly consumed by the blaze.

It took hours for firefighters to put out the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured.

The fire was destroyed the building that one housed Domani's Restaurant and Lounge.

According to local lore, the building is haunted by the spirit of a woman who ran a rooming house there in the 1920s and 30s.

The structure was named the "Hatten House" after the woman, Etta Hatten.

One legend involved a mirror in the back that was not to be touched. When it was touched, things would fall over, lights would come on or go off and the stereo would play without being activated. Witnesses say in one incident a half-full glass coffee pot flew off its base and exploded in midair.

The structure was once featured on the Sci-Fi Channel's hit television show "Ghost Hunters."


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