Fire devastates Scholtzsky's Deli in Grand Junction.
Crews arrived this afternoon to find the back of the building engulfed in flames.
There’s a significant amount of damage on the deli, especially on the south side of the building.
That’s where authorities say the fire started around two o'clock Friday afternoon.
Seven units and 16 firefighters responded to the call.
They we're able to get the blaze under control quickly, despite problems with leaking gas.
Witnesses say there were about 14 people inside the deli at the time.
No injuries have been reported from firefighters, customers, or employees, but they do say it was a nerve racking situation.
“There was smoke and I could see that the fire was coming in the back door so that was kind of scary,” Scholtzsky employee, Laura Houston, said.
Heather Williamson had just gotten her food when the fire started. She says, “Everybody was just rushing to get out and everybody was going out different doors. It was just really crazy.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but authorities say a contributing factor was a broken gas meter that leaked raw gas and spread the fire.
Because of gas line and electrical damage, firefighters say it'll be a while before Scholtzsky's will be able to open back up for business.