Famous Jerusalem Pizza and the China Lee Kosher restaurant in Highland Park were severely damaged in a three-alarm blaze late Tuesday night, in an incident that has sparked speculation about its nature.
Several dozen firefighters fought the blaze at 229 Raritan Street, which spread quickly through the side-by-side food establishments, which are owned by the same frum person.
The structure within which the food stores have apartments on the upper floor and shops on the ground floor. Everyone in the apartments were safely evacuated.
No injuries were reported, and an investigation is underway into the cause of the fire, but as of Wednesday afternoon, the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office said it did not appear to be the work of an arsonist.