ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – A fire that started around 12:45 p.m. at 69 First Avenue and billowed black smoke into the blue sky was quickly brought under control by the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department.  

Firefighters got onto the roof of the pizzeria using a ladder truck on 1st Avenue.

The building is home to Little Italy Pizzeria and has an apartment on the second floor.  No one was injured in what appeared to be an electric fire on the second floor, according to building owner, Philip Farese.  The building, which is for sale, had just completed inspections.  The pizzeria has an Ansul Fire Suppression system but it was not triggered in the blaze.  

The Atlantic Highlands Fire Department ladder truck was stationed at the front of the building on First Avenue along with several other fire trucks from surrounding departments.  


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Firefighter hose down the hot spot at the rear of the building.

Firefighters raised a ladder on the rear of the building to fight the fire which was located in the side wall and roof of the bulding.  Using an ax and saw, firemen opened the wall and poured water in to be certain the fire had been consumed.

Fireman uses an ax to open the side wall at the rear of the building 

Firefighters from Atlantic Highlands Fire Department, Belford Fire Company, Community Fire Company and Highlands Fire Department responded.  

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...