Popular Wakefield Pizza Shop Remains Closed Following Fire

A nearby 7-Eleven was also damaged

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Firefighters were battled a large fire at a pizza shop in Wakefield, Massachusetts, late Monday night.

The Wakefield Fire Department was called to the Pizza Express on Albion Street after flames broke out inside the food establishment shortly before 10 p.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters said heavy smoke was coming from the business. Flames began to spread throughout the building and roof, forcing the Wakefield Fire Department to call for additional support from nearby communities.

Firefighters eventually pulled down a suspended ceiling so they could get better access to the fire and the blaze was extinguished by 11 p.m. Crews remained at the scene into Tuesday morning overhauling the building.

One firefighter suffered a knee injury and was taken to MelroseWakefield Hospital for treatment. Their condition was not immediately known.

Fire damage is estimated at over $100,000. The restaurant will remain closed until repairs can be made, officials said. The adjoining 7-Eleven store also suffered smoke damage as a result of the fire and will be closed pending inspection by the Board of Health.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by state and local fire investigators.

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