At least 3 businesses destroyed as large fire rips through New Jersey strip mall

A four-alarm fire broke out early Tuesday at a strip mall in Perth Amboy, tearing through a row of multiple businesses and leaving at least three of them destroyed.
The fire on Smith Street was called in by a passerby around 4:15 a.m. near the train station. It took three hours to get under control.
According to a fire official, at least three businesses, two restaurants and a tax prep site were completely destroyed by the fire. The roof caved in, and there is debris everywhere. Three other businesses – a drug store, nail salon and shoe store -- were damaged.
“When we pulled on scene, it was a well-advanced fire,” says Fire Chief Edward Mullen. “There was a new alarm system activated. At one point, all three businesses were engulfed in flames in the fire, and did go through the roof. The roof, all the ceilings, are completely gone. The building is a total loss.”
The official says no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.