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Roaring Fire Damages Multiple Businesses in New Jersey's Cliffside Park

A huge fire raged in a building in New Jersey's Cliffside Park Tuesday night, severely damaging a number of businesses.

Tens of thousands of gallons of water were poured over several hours to quell the blaze that broke out at AJ's Pharmacy on Anderson Avenue about 7 p.m.

It was under control around 7:30 p.m then caught a second wind and spread further around 8 p.m. Huge plumes of black smoke and fire were seen at the roof of a building in the New Jersey neighborhood.

More than an hour later, it was still on fire and by 10:15 p.m. heavy smoke conditions continued.

Witness Nic Destroyer said the blaze would seem to go out, and then it would rise again.

"They smother it, and then black smoke, and then flames again," he said.

The fire appears to have started in the pharmacy before spreading to a nail salon next door and then igniting several other nearby businesses. 

Fire officials said it was too early to talk about the cause of the blaze. There was no word on any injuries.

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