CLIFFVIEW PILOT ON THE SCENE: A blaze that ignited in a deep fryer caused serious fire, smoke and water damage to Westwood’s popular Iron Horse Restaurant.
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ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT: The good news is that an after-hours fire at the historic Iron Horse Restaurant in Westwood only destroyed the kitchen and didn’t extend to the rest of the popular eatery. However, it’s going to be closed for awhile so owner Lee Tremble can have the severely damaged back of his building repaired. READ MORE….
No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was discovered by a pair of Westwood police officers who tried to extinguish it as firefighters rushed to the landmark eatery just before 12:30 a.m.
Several trucks quickly arrived, firefighters ventilated the Washington Avenue building from the back, and a flash of flames shot from the kitchen before the blaze was brought under control, as white smoke billowed across the railroad tracks onto Broadway.
Owner Lee Tremble, a founding member of the Westwood Heritage Society, was on the scene, but CLIFFVIEW PILOT declined to approach him.
Fast by the Pascack Valley Line tracks that give it its name, the Iron Horse occupies a hotel built more than 140 years ago where, rumor has it, Babe Ruth and Shoeless Joe Jackson both stayed.
It was also one of the first buildings in Westwood (incorporated 1894) that had a telephone. During Prohibition, it housed a speakeasy. Commuters often hopped off the train, grabbed a quick drink there, then re-boarded.
More recently, The Iron Horse has boasted clientele as diverse as Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Mary Higgins Clark and Dean (“Ariel”) Friedman.
A family-friendly establishment that epitomizes the local saloon, it has built a deserved reputation for its burgers and fries.
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