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Pelham Business Owner and Worker React to Fire

PELHAM, N.Y. – In light of the recent fire at La Fontanella Ristorante, a local business owner and pizzeria worker offered their best to the restaurant’s owner and hoped that the Wolfs Lane hotspot would be open again soon.

Dave Katz, co-owner and executive chef of the Depot Market, said that fires were “a very scary thought” and that it is not easy to prevent them.

“When it comes to fires man, you hope that everything’s up to standards, you hope that everything’s OK, but you just don’t know,” Katz said. “How do you know to prevent a fire? A wire could go bad anytime, anyplace. You just gotta hope to God that your insurance covers everything.”

Katz felt bad for the La Fontanella owner and staff, but was glad that everyone got out alive and safely.

“I feel bad for anybody who has a fire,” Katz said. “You just never wanna see anyone lose their business or have business interrupted because of something as bad as a fire. Hopefully, they’ll be reopened soon and continue their busy ways.”

The fire, which occurred on Friday, is still under investigation by the Pelham Fire Department as La Fontanella continues renovations to repair the restaurant.

While Katz believed that it was nearly impossible to prevent a fire, Jose Perez of Marcello’s Pizza held a different opinion.

“Rule number one is you’ve gotta hire the right people to do the job,” Perez said. “Sometimes they hire an electrician without even a license. Sometimes they don’t follow the rules. They try to put more equipment where they cannot put it – where they don’t have space.” Perez was not speaking about La Fontanella, but of businesses in general.

He continued by saying that he has seen fires occur because “sometimes the wires overheat” and was hoping that La Fontanella would be open again soon for business.

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