Chicago Deli destroyed by fire

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 29, 2019

WARREN — An early-morning fire ripped through “Warren’s friendliest local delicatessen” Nov. 27.

The fire at Chicago Deli, located on Old 13 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue, was reported at 3:12 a.m., Warren Fire Department Battalion Chief David Clancy said.

“It came in as multiple calls from two or three different people who saw smoke and flames coming from the building,” Clancy said. “When our first arriving engine company got there, they found the same thing. They tried to initially make their interior attack, opening up the front door. There was just too much fire, and then it went through the roof.

“I’m not sure if it collapsed or not. The fire broke through the roof. When the other crews got there, we set up defensive operations,” Clancy said.

More than 20 firefighters from Station 1, Station 2, Station 4, Station 5 and Station 6 responded and were supported by firefighting personnel from the U.S. Army’s Detroit Arsenal. Clancy said the fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes. A firewall protected a book and video shop in rented space next door. The last units cleared the scene just before 6 a.m.

The cause and origin of the fire remained under investigation at press time, but Clancy said it did not appear to be anything suspicious. He said the business was closed and that the owner said the last employees left between 10 and 11 p.m. on Nov. 26.

No injuries were reported to civilians or responding firefighters.

According to its website, Chicago Deli opened in 1983 and was a neighborhood stop for Chicago-style fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches, soup and salads, as well as party supplies.