5 businesses destroyed in fire at Village Plaza strip mall in Westfield

Fire crews knocked down a four-alarm strip mall

Fire crews knocked down a four-alarm strip mall fire in Westfield Monday. (September 1, 2014 11:02 PM)

A fire tore through a strip mall in Westfield Monday, destroying five of the eight businesses.

Firefighters say they arrived to find flames coming from the back of the Karate N Motion karate studio and thick smoke billowing out of a nail salon and cleaners on either side. The fire was so intense, nearly half of the roof of the strip mall caved in.

Hassan Diwane, owner of La Casa Pizza,...

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