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Businesses Reeling Following Three-Alarm Harlem Restaurant Fire

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The future of several Harlem businesses destroyed in a fire remains uncertain.

A fire broke out inside Mama's Fried Chicken on Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 155th Street just before 7 p.m. Friday.

The flames quickly spread through the building and nearby businesses, including a deli and a chinese restaurant.

NY1 spoke to the owner of the fried chicken restaurant, who says it was hard to see his business destroyed.

"All of my store is damaged. I am trying to do some reacting to open again. Of course, no one can lose their own business," said Mama's Fried Chicken owner Edem Khan.

The fire also affected apartments above the businesses.

A FDNY chief on scene said 33 units and 138 firefighters responded to the scene.

The FDNY chief said duct work helped spread the fire.

Six firefighters and a DEP worker suffered minor injuries, according to a FDNY chief on scene.

The Red Cross says it's helping one family in need of temporary housing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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