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Alteri's gutted due to electrical fire

A fire broke out early Saturday morning at Alteri's Italian American Restaurant along Route 9W in Glenmont, gutting the building's interior.

The fire, which was reported at 1:40 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, was caused by electrical issues and was accidental, officials said. Although the structure was deemed safe by fire officials, the building and its contents appear to be a total loss.

Route 9W was shut down for nearly six hours, while National Grid employees shut down power to the street. Bethlehem Police have reported no injuries thus far.

Fire Departments from Selkirk, Elsmere and Delmar responded to extinguish the fire. Members from Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance, Delmar Rescue Squad and Albany County Paramedics also responded to assist.

Bethlehem Police issued the followng statement:

\Through their investigation and based upon the physical evidence present, the cause of the fire is officially labeled as accidental/electrical. The area of origin has been determined to be the rear of the building. Route 9W was closed for approximately six hours and has since been reopened.

There were no injuries reported.

Alteri's owner Harvey Quinn said he would interview with Spotlight Newspapers on Monday.

For updates to this story, check back at www.spotlightnews.com and see the Wednesday, Feb. 18, print edition of The Spotlight.

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