Overnight Fire Destroys Inside of Vernon Restaurant

The inside of a restaurant in Vernon is destroyed after an overnight fire on Tuesday.

According to fire officials, firefighters were called around midnight to a fire at the Oriental Cafe on Hartford Turnpike.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire through the roof of the center of the building. The fire didn't spread too far inside of the building, but the inside of the cafe is burned completely, fire officials said.

This is what’s left of the Oriental Cafe on Hartford Turnpike in Vernon after a fire ripped through the building around midnight on Tuesday.

"We were able to get a quick knockdown. The firewall design of the building worked to our advantage and prevented the fire from spreading too far on us," Vernon Fire Chief Stephen Eppler said.

The businesses to the left and right of the café, Legacy Kitchen & Bath and Minuteman Press, have smoke and water damage. The rest of the plaza is intact, according to officials.

Ayman Harby, the owner of Legacy Kitchen & Bath, said his business has some drywall damage as well as smoke and water damage, but firefighters were able to save his business.

No injuries were reported.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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