Upper Manhattan Grocery Store Destroyed in Fire: FDNY

A New York City grocery store was destroyed in an early-morning fire Wednesday, just a day ahead of Thanksgiving.

The Foodtown on St. Nicholas Avenue, one of just a few grocers in Hamilton Heights, was torched in the blaze that broke out at about 1 a.m., according to the FDNY.

More than 100 firefighters were called to the scene to battle the blaze, which started in the back of the building and spread throughout the structure, before the flames were extinguished.

The owner of the store told NBC 4 New York that the store has been in the community for more than two decades. He called the fire a big blow, especially just before the holidays.

"God-willing everything will turn out," he said. 

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