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Jul 8, 2019 4:42 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Villa Italian Specialties In East Hampton Temporarily Closed After Weekend Fire

A sign on the front door of Villa Italian Specialties informs customers of the shop's temporary closure. VIRGINIA GARRISON
Jul 9, 2019 10:44 AM

A small fire broke out Sunday afternoon at Villa Italian Specialties, a popular lunch destination in East Hampton Village. The store, which serves specialty sandwiches and prepared foods, will be temporarily closed as a result.

The fire initially broke out in the shop’s kitchen and later spread to the roof. East Hampton Fire Department Chief Gerard Turza Jr., along with 1st Assistant Officer Duane Forrester, arrived on the scene just after 4:30 p.m. and found “smoke in the kitchen, and the small fire there had already been extinguished,” said Chief Turza.

A worker who had been delivering an oven to the store noticed the initial fire and extinguished it, said the chief.

Firefighters had to cut a small 2-foot-square hole in the roof of the building to stop flames that had spread to the store’s attic, Chief Turza said, adding that because the flames spread there is significant structural damage to the roof. Damage on the inside of the shop, however, was limited thanks to the quick response of the deliveryman.

Chief Turza could not comment on when the shop might reopen, but he did say that the process must be coordinated with the State Department of Agriculture and Markets to ensure that safety codes are met before Villa can reopen its doors to customers.

Firefighters were on the scene for roughly an hour, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the chief said.

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