Cause of 5-alarm fire remains unclear

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FORDHAM -

The cause of a five-alarm fire that destroyed seven businesses in Fordham remains a mystery.

Around 200 firefighters responded to the blaze Tuesday at 316 East 194 St. near Marion Avenue around 5:30 a.m.

The fire destroyed a pizzeria, a barbershop, a laundromat, a pharmacy, a beauty parlor, a Chinese restaurant and a tax prep store. Authorities say the roof of the building also partially caved in, but the fire chief says no one was injured.

A supermarket next door escaped serious damage, but it has closed down for cleanup.

"The fire department did a great job," says Pedro Goico, who owns the supermarket. "We were very worried and thought the store was going to be destroyed."

Fire officials are working to determine a cause. 

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