Market reopens day after smoke-out

Can’t take the heat: The fire started in a kitchen of the Cherry Hill Gourmet market and spread to the roof.
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Cherry Hill Gourmet is back open just a day after a two-alarm fire in Sheepshead Bay’s the historic Lundy’s building forced an evacuation on Thursday.

The fire started in a charcoal barbecue in the market’s kitchen, but produced more smoke than flames.

“I wouldn’t even call it a fire,” said general manager Gokhan Cick.

The heavy smoke that filled the store forced the beloved Emmons Avenue market to toss out two truckloads of inventory, but it was restocked and ready to reopen bright and early Friday morning, according to Cick.

“Sure we’re open,” said Cick, “of course!”

Cherry Hill Gourmet has a history of bouncing back quickly, reopening just three weeks after Superstorm Sandy devastated the neighborhood, while most other food stores in the area took months to come back. As one of the few places in the area to buy quality food in the aftermath, Cherry Hill’s fast return endeared the market to a community that was left isolated and underserved for much of the winter following the storm.

The fire started at about 9:30 am Sept. 19 and spread through the vents to the rooftop. Firefighters were able to bring it under control after an hour and a half. The only reported injury was a firefighter sent to the hospital with an injured foot.

Updated 1:17 pm, September 20, 2013
Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
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A from Sheepshead bay says:
It is a lie, there was no fire in the kitchen itself, the fire was in the ventilation of the kitchen that is located on the roof
Sept. 19, 2013, 5:08 pm

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