Smoky fire spurs northern NJ mall evacuation

February 20, 2010 2:55:03 PM PST
Hundreds of patrons were evacuated from a northern New Jersey mall Saturday after a smoky grease fire broke out at a fast-food restaurant. No injuries were reported in the fire at the Rockaway Townsquare mall, which began around 4:15 p.m. in the restaurant's kitchen area.

The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters, but smoke from the blaze permeated the mall, spurring the evacuation of its main building. Several fire companies remained on scene to help ventilate the building, and it was not clear whether the mall would reopen later in the day.

Jeffrey Paul, a spokesman for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

However, it was not considered suspicious.