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Flames damage bagel store on Central Ave.

By MICHAELANGELO CONTE JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

A Jersey City Heights bagel store suffered heavy damage in a fire caused by a coffee maker that ignited some nearby paper cups yesterday evening, officials said.

Firefighters responding to the 5:18 p.m. alarm found heavy fire in Central Avenue Bagels, at Central Avenue and Hutton Street, located on the ground floor of a five-story building, Fire Director Armando Roman said.

By the time the flames were under control a half-hour later, the bagel store had suffered extensive damage, Roman said, adding that the floors above suffered minor damage as firefighters searched for hidden flames in the structure. The fire is thought to have been accidental, the director said.

Those living in the apartments above the bagel store were allowed to return home after the flames were doused, Roman said, adding that firefighters left the scene at 7:21 p.m.

The bagel store is known for the book exchange organized by the owner where thousands of books are available for free to anyone who wants to take one from the bookshelves or boxes in the store.