Late night fire heavily damages historic restaurant in Sparta, NJ

SPARTA — A township restaurant was engulfed in a fire late Thursday night, according to township first responders.

The Sparta Classic Diner at 80 Woodport Road was reported on fire just before midnight, as firefighters arrived to see flames in the kitchen through the roof.

The fire was extinguished in just under an hour and was contained to the area where it started, but the rest of the business suffered severe smoke and water damage, according to Sparta Police. .

A firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, but no injuries were reported, according to the township fire department’s Facebook page.

(courtesy Sparta Township Fire Department)

(courtesy Sparta Township Fire Department)

Fire units from Andover, Hardyston, Lake Hopatcong and Ogdensburg assisted the Sparta Township Fire Department.

Although the cause of the fire has not been officially determined, it appears to be electrical or greasy in nature, police said.

On Friday, it was unclear if the structure could be saved.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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