East Village Fire Injures 3, Temporarily Shutters Bruno Pizza

The Patch - November 27, 2018

It took more than 60 firefighters from 12 units to extinguish the post-Thanksgiving blaze, FDNY said. By Caroline Spivack, Patch Staff | Nov 26, 2018 1:49 pm ET | Updated Nov 26, 2018 1:51 pm ET

EAST VILLAGE, NY — A fire ripped through an East Village apartment building, injuring three and forcing the ground floor Italian restaurant to temporarily shutter, according to FDNY and the eatery's owner.

The Friday morning blaze broke out at 7:13 a.m. at 204 E. 13th Street and scorched the top level of the four-story brick building. More than 60 firefighters from 12 units responded to the fire, finally bringing it under control at 8:19 a.m., a FDNY spokesman said.

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Three civilians suffered minor injuries during the blaze and Bruno Pizza on the ground floor was inundated with water as smoke-eaters worked to extinguished the fire, according to FDNY and the restaurant's owner.

"The restaurant has sustained significant water damage and all of the power and water to the building were shut off. So we have been forced to be closed for the moment," Demian Repucci wrote on the restaurant's Instagram.

"But we are working to figure out how to get things repaired, turned back on; and up and running again as soon as possible."

Bruno Pizza opened its doors in the East Village July, 2015 with a lineup of purist pizzas and is known for grinding fresh, organic flour for its pies daily with an in-house flour mill.

Fire officials are still investigating the the blaze's cause, but the fire appears be electrical, a FDNY spokesman said.