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Furniture Store Takes Landlord, Worker To Bergen Court After 4-Alarm Fire

A fire destroyed a North Bergen furniture store in 2016.
A fire destroyed a North Bergen furniture store in 2016. Photo Credit: North Bergen Police

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A North Bergen furniture store that faced more than $5 million in damages after it burned to the ground filed a lawsuit in Bergen County Superior Court against a landlord and the construction worker, NJ.com reports.

Discount Kennedy Furniture is saying no one obtained a permit from the township for the blowtorch, which was used in fixing the roof, and that no one had a fire extinguisher ready in case of emergency, the article says.

The fire broke out in December 2016 and burned for hours, scorching the store's inventory and destroying the building, NJ.com says.

The landlord in court papers is identified as Stephen Ascione of Birck, and the construction company is AAA Empire Construction of Haledon, according to the story.

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