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Fire destroys Chicago pizzeria

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Ed Diab stood outside his fire-ravaged pizza parlor Monday afternoon and vowed that the restaurant will reopen in a few months.

“I never, ever expected this to happen,” said Diab, owner of Chuck’s Pizza, 10123 S. Western Ave.

Diab and his son met with insurance adjusters Monday to assess the damage caused by Sunday night’s fire. No one was injured in the blaze that started about 10 p.m., Diab said.

Sunday is Diab’s lone day off. He was at home watching television when his son called to notify him of the fire, he said.

“They were ready to close, and suddenly there was smoke in the exhaust system in the kitchen,” Diab said.

Chicago Fire Department officials could not be reached for comment.

“The roof is completely out,” said Diab, who has operated the restaurant in Chicago’s Beverly community for 31 years. “We’ll see what happens.”

His father opened the restaurant at 103rd Street and Vincennes Avenue, he said.

The blaze did not damage the dentist office that shares a wall with the restaurant.

However, TJ’s Auto, which is located north of Chuck’s, suffered considerable smoke damage.

“The place was full of smoke,” said T.J. Glass, owner of the garage. “We have some damage. We’re all good. We can fix anything that happened here.”

Firefighters forced open the front door of the business and cut a hole in the roof, Glass said.

The cars in the garage incurred smoke damage as a result, he said.

“They might air out. I don’t know,” he said.



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