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Fire Damages Historic Skokie Deli

Could be weeks before Kaufman's reopens

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    Fire damaged a landmark restaurant in Skokie Saturday night, and it could be weeks before it reopens.

    Kaufman Bagel & Delicatessen has served been in business for more than 50 years.

    Fire investigators believe a heating element malfunctioned inside the bakery while an employee was cooking, just before 2 a.m.

    The worker escaped unharmed and called 911.

    The deli will be closed until smoke damage can be mitigated.