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Lebanese Kitchen clean-up

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By Dana Griffin



NEW BEDFORD, MA- It took 50 firefighters to knock out a ferocious blaze Friday morning at Lebanese Kitchen located on Purchase Street.

Among the few things left are awards, menus, and a resilient family whose home sits on top of the restaurant and was destroyed.

On Saturday, the restaurant owner's wife, Nouhad Moujabber said, "We laugh and we show our smile but deep inside, we're burned out."

Five people managed to escape the flames that morning. Alex, one of the younger sons made sure the three dogs made it out alive.

"I open the back door and there were just flames roaring in my face so I slam the back door and instantly think to go grab my dogs upstairs," said Alex Moujabber.

The 30–year-old restaurant has been a hot spot for good food in New Bedford and known for its loyal customers.

Son, Gary Moujabber said, "Every single one of our customers- they've offered us a place to stay, food, clothes, which- it's amazing."

Family members have been bringing items out of the restaurant portion of the building however; engineers have yet to determine if the top two floors are safe.

Allen Thomas is a family member and described the damage inside the restaurant. He said, “Water and fire damage of course. You can see some of the little Lebanese pastries that are all burnt up and waterlogged. It's just heart-breaking."

Though heart–breaking, it's not slowing down the Moujabber family– now staying with relatives– and eager to get the place back up and running."

"My dad built this, everything from nothing. I think we can do it again," said Gary Moujabber.

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