Electrical fire temporarily closes Gershon’s Deli in Schenectady

No injuries were reported
Schenectady firefighters at the scene Monday
Schenectady firefighters at the scene Monday

SCHENECTADY — A popular local deli is temporarily closed following an electrical fire early Monday. 

The fire happened at Gershon’s Deli at around 9:30 a.m. It caused minor damage, but forced the deli’s closure until the issues could be fixed, owner Toni Nelson said.

The fire was discovered as National Grid performed a routine meter check Monday at the deli located at 1600 Union St. They noticed the restaurant’s device was running hot and started to smoke, Nelson said.

Staff were evacuated and there were no injuries, Nelson said. 

“There was not much damage at all,” Nelson said.

Authorities continued to investigate the cause, which will determine the extent of the repair work and how long the Union Street eatery will remain closed, the owner said mid-afternoon Monday. 

“We’re waiting to find out,” Nelson said. “Hopefully sooner rather than later.”

A crew from Schenectady-based DV Electric was on site Monday afternoon. Nelson praised the swift response from National Grid and Schenectady Fire Department.

“If it wasn’t for them, it could have been a whole lot worse,” she said. 

All pre-existing catering obligations will be honored this week, she said.

Status updates will be posted on the Gershon’s Deli Facebook page.

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