Fire Guts Three Businesses in Orange; No Injuries

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A fire at a commercial building in Orange early Wednesday destroyed two businesses and heavily damaged another, authorities said.

orange-firefightersSome 57 firefighters responded to the blaze in the 800 block of North Main Street about 12:50 a.m., said Capt. Ian MacDonald of the City of Orange Fire Department. They arrived to find flames engulfing the roof of the building, which housed Ruby’s Grill Baja Style restaurant, a catering company and a wedding planning business.

The three-alarm fire was “very intense,” MacDonald said. “The openings in the front of the building were just blowing out with fire … and the grass was scorched 12 feet away from the building. So this was an extremely hot fire.”

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was knocked down about 2:30 a.m, authorities said.

The cause of fire was not immediately known. Arson investigators were at the scene.

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