CATSKILL, N.Y. - Fire tore through the Village Pizza shop on Main Street in the village of Catskill Monday morning.
The Catskill Fire Department says an electrical fire caused the blaze at the popular pizza shop around 8:15 a.m. Monday. At this time, officials believe the fire started on a counter top near a coffee machine.
Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley was on scene while firefighters quickly put out flames of the well-known restaurant that has been in the village for decades.
"It's definitely a landmark," Seeley said. "Senator Schumer was here a couple months ago when he came to visit Catskill."
Seeley also helped comfort the LaRosa family who owns the shop. The owners also live in the upstairs apartment and were evacuated after the fire. Thankfully no one was injured; however, they will be temporarily displaced due to smoke damage in the home above the eatery.
"This is a tragedy of epic proportions for this family," he said. He says the LaRosa family plans to rebuild the shop.
The fire was out in about 15 minutes and did not spread to neighboring buildings on Main Street.
"Without having them respond so fast and cut this down we could have had a real tragedy on Main Street," Seeley said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
As preparations to secure the building were underway, the news spread quickly, upsetting customers like Kathy Ballone, who has enjoyed the popular eatery for years.
"I was shocked and a little devastated a little bit inside. I mean Village Pizza's been there as long as I can remember, long before the great majority of the businesses on this street," she said.
Seeley says the family does have plans to rebuild.