Store damaged by devastating fire reopens

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A family-owned grocery store damaged by a devastating fire in September is open again for business.

When flames broke out in September at an apartment above the Al Noor grocery store, more than $400,000 in damage ensued. But the family has since recovered, and so too has their business.

Customers are again trickling in, a stark contrast from the fateful night when crews doused the large building with jets of water. Seven people required medical evaluation and treatment at the hospital.

Now blamed on an electrical spark, the family said they had to put in a lot of work to get back to a position in which they could open for business. Chief among the damage was water damage, requiring the family to gut the business.

Nagi Berman said the hard work is worth seeing his business come back to life.

“It’s hard for our family, all that expense, your income you pay everyone, for the business it’s very hard,” Berman said.

All seven people injured in the blaze are faring well months after the fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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