PASSAIC, N.J. — A New Jersey pizza parlor has been completely destroyed after a massive fire.

WNBC-TV reports ( ) the flames ignited at Bruno’s Pizzeria around 10 p.m. Sunday in Passaic. Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost says the fire burned for a while before anyone called the fire department.

At least eight other nearby businesses caught fire and were either damaged or destroyed in the blaze. No injuries were reported, but families in two apartments had to escape to safety.

Firefighters mostly extinguished the fire overnight, but smoke continued to pour from the building early Monday Fire officials remain on scene to make sure there are no flare ups.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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