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WILKES-BARRE ?? City firefighters responded to a small fire that began in a section of a building adjacent to the Hardware Bar on South Main Street early Thursday morning.

Assistant Fire Chief Tom Makar said the fire was reported at around 4:11 a.m. The blaze apparently started in some building materials that were on a floor.

Makar said the fire was quickly contained, but several businesses, including the Hardware Bar and Dunkin Donuts, sustained smoke damage.

Sherelle Booker, a manager at Dunkin Donuts, said employees in doughnut shop reported the fire after noticing smoke was filling the store at around 4 a.m.

??We smelled smoke and went outside and saw flames coming from the bar,? she said.

Dunkin Donuts sustained slight smoke damage. It was able to reopen at around 8 a.m. after being cleared by a city health inspector, she said.

The owner of the Hardware bar could not immediately be reached for comment.
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