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Long Branch Fire Deemed 'Suspicious'

LONG BRANCH: City Fire Marshal Kevin Hayes says that a Sept. 20 fire on Second Avenue has been ruled "suspicious."

"It was a vacant building. It had no electricity on, and we're treating it as" a suspicious fire, Hayes told the Asbury Park Press.

There were no inures reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The building is a closed Mexican Deli called Las Palapas that is currently owned by Long Branch Partners, LLC, according to property records. Long Branch Partners, LLC, which is the developer that is looking to revitalize the Lower Broadway corridor, purchased the property, and several others, from Broadway Arts Center, LLC in 2014 for $10.

The Asbury Park Press is reporting that the owner owes over $3,000 in back taxes on the property and that it is up for tax sale at city hall on Sept. 22.


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