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Pushcart Cafe Forced To Close Following Kitchen Fire

Aug 29, 2015 06:26PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Firefighters battle a two-alarm fire Saturday morning at The Pushcart Cafe, 1777 Main St. Photo by Rich MacDonald

Several businesses in a Route 38 strip mall were forced to evacuate Saturday morning when a two-alarm fire broke out in a popular local restaurant.
According to Tewksbury Fire Capt. Gary Kerr, the fire broke out around 11:30 a.m. in the kitchen area of the The Pushcart Cafe, 1777 Main St. Kerr said the fire quickly spread into the cooking hood and then into the wall of the kitchen. Smoke could be seen pouring out from the back of the strip mall, which is also home to Aubuchon Hardware, Brave Troops Cafe, Suite Salons and Advance Auto Parts. All of the businesses were evacuated as a precaution.
According to Kerr, Tewksbury received mutual aid from Andover and Billerica, which provided station coverage, and Wilmington, which assisted at the fire scene.
Kerr said arriving firefighters found the restaurant filled with smoke. He said the sprinkler system in the building knocked down most of the fire and firefighters took care of the rest. Crews left the scene at around 1 p.m.
No injuries were reported. Damage totals are still being assessed but Pushcart Cafe is expected to be closed for at least a week, while the owners clean up and repair significant damage from fire, smoke and water.


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