Being a current Staten Island resident and with many New Jersey residents from the NYC borough, this one hurt for some of us. The fire took place in a small shopping center in Bulls Head, Staten Island and destroyed a total of four stores. The businesses that were affected were Top Tomato Supermarket, Glamour Nail Salon, Taqueria Mexican Restaurant and the Bagels Café. In the shopping center is a barber shop called Who’s Next, and my visit there yesterday to get my haircut was how I found out about the blaze. As I pulled up to the center I realized access to park inside the lot was blocked off by police and responding fire fighters. After I parked my car and walked my way to the barber shop I smelt the burn in the air and noticed all four stores absolutely destroyed. The barber shop, along with several other stores are on the other side of the lot and luckily were not effected by the fire.
The fire started around two o’clock in the morning at the Top Tomato Supermarket. It took nearly two hours to get the fire under control and one fire fighter was injured during the outbreak of flames and was taken to a local hospital to treat his injures. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
I took some photos of the destruction the fire caused, take a look below.