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Grand Island restaurant fire causes $200,000 in damages

A restaurant fire Tuesday in a strip mall on Grand Island caused an estimated $200,000 in damages, according to the Grand Island Fire Company.

Firefighters arrived at about 2:35 p.m. – within three minutes of the start of the fire – at the Tai Pei restaurant on Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road. Several employees who worked at the restaurant were able to exit the building safely.

Grand Island Fire Company Chief Mark Sadkowski said the fire was concentrated in a loft above the ceiling tiles, and was under control by 3:15 p.m.

Total damage was estimated at $150,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the restaurant's contents. Two adjoining stores – Eddie's Art Shoppe and X-Press Dry Cleaners – sustained an estimated $10,000 each in smoke damage, according to the fire company.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

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