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Fire Starts Inside Panda Garden in Newton

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NEWTON, Iowa -- A fire started in the kitchen of Panda Garden on Sunday night, according to witnesses at the scene.

The fire began at approximately 6 p.m. as customers and employees were inside. No one was hurt.

It likely started in the stove and spread up to the ceiling.  At least six other businesses suffered smoke damage, including a mortgage company, dress shop and county building, according to witnesses.

The majority of the apartments above the stores are being remodeled, but for the people who do live there, they will have to find a place to stay for at least the night.