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Fire destroys popular Delta pizza shop, displaces 10 people

BY BRYNA ZUMER, bzumer@theaegis.com

3:09 PM EDT, October 31, 2013

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A longtime pizza shop in Delta, Pa., was destroyed early Wednesday morning in a fire that also displaced 10 residents, the local fire company reported.

It took 75 firefighters nearly four hours to control, Jeff Petty, assistant chief for Delta Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company, said.

Harford County firefighters were among those called in at 1:17 a.m. to control the blaze at Delta Pizza & Ferranti's Italian Ristorante, at 533 Main St., Petty said.

Ten people who lived in several apartments above the shop were displaced and a firefighter was taken to a hospital with minor injuries from fatigue and dehydration, Petty said.

The fire was controlled by about 5 a.m., he said. It was raised to a two-alarm fire after heavy flames were seen coming through the roof in the rear of the building, he said.

"It took quite a while," he said, noting 11 companies were called in from Harford, York and Lancaster counties.

Firefighters were unable to enter the building as the floor was weakened and the roof and second floor ultimately collapsed, he said.

No residents were injured, as everyone had escaped before the fire crews arrived, he said.

"They were the ones that called it in," he said.

An estimate of the damage was not immediately available from state fire officials, but Petty called it "a total loss."

A cause and origin for the fire has also not been identified yet, he said.

"One of the residents said they thought it was on the first floor," he said.

The fire company was asking residents to bring in clothing and other goods to help those affected by the fire to the fire station during its Halloween party on Thursday evening, he said.

About the pizza shop, he said: "It's going to be a big loss for the town because it's been there for 30-some years and it was always busy."