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An early morning fire caused heavy damage to the Satmar Williamsburg Matzah Bakery.
The FDNY responded to the scene at around 4:30AM after receiving reports of fire at the premises located at 427 Broadway near Hooper Street.
A second alarm was transmitted around 15 minutes later due to the heavy fire conditions.
The fire was placed under control around an hour later, but heavy damage was reported.
The bakery belongs to the Satmar Williamsburg Kehilla (Rav Zalman Leib Shlita), and produces Matzah for thousands upon thousands of families. It is known as the “Congregation Yetav Lev Satmar Matzoh Bakery”.
Sources tell YWN that Fire Marshall’s are on the scene investigating, but it appears that the fire was caused by a new oven which had been used for the first time just yesterday. The fire started in the chimney near the roof.
Most of the fire damage is on the top floor.
The older ovens were thankfully not ruined in the attached building next door.
The bakery is hopeful to be back in operation in the next few days pending approval by the city.
(Chaim Shapiro – YWN)