Investigators: Mount Vernon fire started in grocery store

Stores on West First Street were gutted by

Stores on West First Street were gutted by flames.

A fire that destroyed four Mount Vernon businesses had a different origin point than previously thought.

Investigators say the blaze on West First Street started in a grocery store, and not in a popular Caribbean restaurant, as officials first thought.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The four stores will have to be torn down because of the extensive damage.

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