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Staten Island Fire Tears Through Businesses in Commercial District

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A three-alarm fire tore through some businesses in a commercial district on Staten Island Monday.

Authorities say it began just after 3 a.m. Monday in Port Richmond.

Flames engulfed the C-Town supermarket and several other stores on Bennett Street.

It took three hours for firefighters to get it under control.

"This thing went on for hours. It was really concerning because the entire block came out 'cause we were concerned it was going to be a gas explosion," said one witness.

"I've never seen anything like that before on this avenue, never never," said another witness.

"Everything's burned down. Our truck was in the driveway. All the merchandise in the truck went on fire, and half the truck's burnt. It's terrible," said Harry Stamer, the manager of Divine Wood Furniture.

One firefighter was taken to Richmond University Medical Center with minor injuries.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.

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