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Photos by Ron Leir Firefighters (top) spray walls on either side of alleyway between 498 and 500 Kearny Ave. and (bottom) vent roof of 498 Kearny Ave.

Photos by Ron Leir
Firefighters (top) spray walls on either side of alleyway between 498 and 500 Kearny Ave. and (bottom) vent roof
of 498 Kearny Ave.

Firefighters quickly doused a smoky blaze that sprang up in an alley between two stores on Kearny’s main shopping block on Monday.

No was was reported hurt in the fire that began at around 4:15 p.m. in the alley separating Gamer’s Edge, an Inernet games shop at 498 Kearny, and Mace Electronics at 500 Kearny.

Cause of the blaze was being investigated by Kearny Fire Official John Donovan.

Dyl said the fire “was stopped in the walls of both buildings.” Firefighters used a saw and axe to open up the roof of Gamer’s to vent the building and to expose the fire in the walls.

Jeff Mace, owner of the electronics shop, said there were youths hanging outside the store and he said one of them may have tossed a cigarette into some debris in the alley, possibly causing a fire to start.

“But everyone’s okay and that’s the important thing,” Mace said.

Fifteen firefighters, led by Tour Chief John Harris, responded aboard four engines and one ladder truck.

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