Three-Alarm Fire Nearly Destroys Sarge’s Delicatessen

Sarge's will not reopen for some time.
Sarge's will not reopen for some time. Photo: Shanna Ravindra

A fast-moving fire broke out inside the revered and iconic Sarge’s Delicatessen last night at 6:50 p.m., spreading within the walls and ventilation ducts at 548 Third Avenue, a four-story mixed-use building. More than 150 firefighters worked for 90 minutes to contain and extinguish the blaze. Several firefighters were injured, the Daily News reports. The exact cause of the fire is still unknown and the damage has not yet been totally assessed, but the deli, known for its hearty corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, is damaged and “will not be open for a while,” according to Deputy Chief Thomas McKavanagh. [NYDN]