200 Firefighters Battle Massive 5-Alarm Fire At Grocery Store

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A massive fire erupted in a Bronx grocery store Thursday night. Two-hundred firefighters were called to battle the flames.

The blaze began at approximately 5:30 p.m. when the C-Town Supermarket was full of shoppers. A vigilant employee noticed smoke coming from the top of the building near some wires, allowing customers and employees to rush to safety before the fire developed into a 5-alarm inferno, NBC 4 New York reported.

As the fire grew, 50 units comprised of 200 firefighters and EMS personnel were called to the scene in a battle to keep the fire from spreading to the neighboring gas station. The building next to the supermarket was evacuated with many of the residents telling News 12 The Bronx that they were devastated by the loss of their local store.

As firefighters continued to fight the blaze through the night, ensuring there are no “hot spots,” officials told the outlet that the store is a total loss, indicating that owners would have to completely rebuild to salvage the business. The neighboring buildings, however, received no damage from the blaze and fire officials informed the building’s owners it would be up to them to determine whether people can return, the outlet stated.

Officials reported four minor injuries — three firefighters and one civilian, according to News 12.

FDNY Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh told the outlet that she was thankful there was no loss of life in the massive blaze.

“This is a large fire and a lot of work for our members, but it’s what they do everyday and they did a phenomenal job.”

“For over 100 years, Krasdale has made New York City our home and through our banner stores like CTown, we have been unwavering in our commitment to serve and support the local neighborhoods where we operate. We are [devastated] by the fire that engulfed our CTown store in the Bronx, but we are extremely grateful for the first responders who worked tirelessly through the evening to contain the fire,” Dennis Wallin, Krasdale Foods Executive Vice President of New Business Development, told the Daily Caller in a statement.

“It is at times like this that we are so proud to call New York City our home and as we work to rally around the community that relied on this store, we want to assure them that we will rebuild this store,” he continued.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. An investigation is underway.