DERRY — A fire last Friday night extensively damaged a downtown eatery.
The kitchen, basement and attic areas of Rig A Tony's Italian Takeout at 38 West Broadway, suffered damage due to the fire.
According to a Fire Department statement, the call came in at 7:02 p.m. and portions of West Broadway were closed while crews battled the blaze.
Derry Engines 3, and 2; Londonderry Ladder 1, and Derry Car 1 were dispatched. While en route, Car 1 observed a column of smoke from a half mile away and called a working fire. Derry Engine 1, Medic 1 and Ladder 4 were able to clear prior calls and respond, the statement said.
Upon arrival crews observed heavy fire and smoke from the rear and basement of the building, heavy smoke from the first floor, and the fire was wrapping around the building threatening an adjacent large multi-family home. Initial crews also encountered arcing power lines that briefly delayed access to the rear of the building.
Crews made a rapid attack on the exterior fire from two sides, knocking that down and preventing the fire from spreading to an adjacent structure. Crews then entered both the basement and first floors to extinguish the fire. After extensive overhaul the fire was under control.
There was extensive damage to the rear of the building, the basement and attic. There were no injuries.
Mutual Aid to the scene provided by the Londonderry, Windham and Auburn fire departments. Off-duty workers were recalled to their stations while Manchester, Chester, Hudson and Salem fire departments provided station coverage.
Rig A'Tony's owner Lisa DeSisto has run the downtown business for 20 years and also operates a South Avenue marketplace business, a Rig A'Tony's business in Windham, and recently took over Clam Haven in Derry.
On social media, DeSisto thanked the community for support, saying, "We will stay strong during this and looking forward to a new beginning."
Many fellow business owners in the community have already begun efforts to support DeSisto.
The Derry Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau and the Derry Police Department are investigating.