Fire Damages Historic Skokie Deli

Could be weeks before Kaufman's reopens

Sunday, Nov 6, 2011  |  Updated 1:49 PM CDT
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Kaufman Bagel & Delicatessen has been serving up goodies for more than 50 years.  But it will be closed for a time, after fire and smoke damages the building.

Kaufman Bagel & Delicatessen has been serving up goodies for more than 50 years. But it will be closed for a time, after fire and smoke damages the building.

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.

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