Fire rips through bookstore, apartments on Dayton Avenue in Clifton

The flames broke out at 221 Dayton Ave. at around midnight. (6/1/14)

CLIFTON - A large fire in Clifton Sunday morning forced several families from their homes and damaged a business.

The flames broke out at 221 Dayton Ave. at around 11:30 p.m. The building houses a Polish bookstore with apartments above.

The bookstore was destroyed, and two adjacent buildings were damaged. It's unclear whether the fire sparked in the store or in the apartments above.

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After the flames were extinguished, firefighters escorted tenants into the building to grab belongings that survived the fire.

No one was injured, but a woman told News 12 that a dog died in the fire. The Red Cross says it is helping 12 displaced people find a place to stay.

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