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Fire hits Mountain View butcher shop, restaurant

Dittmer's Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus and Masa Sushi closed until further notice

A two-alarm blaze significantly damaged a butcher shop and shut down a neighboring sushi restaurant in Mountain View early Sunday afternoon (Jan. 23), a fire spokeswoman said.

Firefighters responded to an employee-reported fire at Dittmer's Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus at 400 San Antonio Road at about 11:50 a.m., fire spokeswoman Jaime Garrett said.

Arriving crews found flames and smoke coming out of the butcher shop, and about 30 firefighters were called in to put out the blaze, Garrett said.

No injuries were reported, but Dittmer's and the neighboring Masa Sushi closed until further notice because a wall separating the two businesses was damaged in the fire, Garrett said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No damage estimate was immediately available.

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Posted by Jim_H
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 24, 2011 at 4:43 am

This is one of the saddest stories I've read in months. Not only was Dittmer's a landmark butcher shop and market, but it put all others within miles to shame. Above that, the owner, Dittmer, his family, and his employees were the nicest people you could ever meet in a hundred lifetimes.

To Dittmer and his family and friends - we're with you, and our hearts are with you all. We hope you can get through this and continue the proud tradition you started.

Thank you.

Jim Hewitt

p.s. - to some this may sound gross (and I've never personally been a fan of liverwurst), but one taste of Dittmer's homemade and home-smoked liverwurst with pistachios will make you a convert for life. I'd go miles out of my way sometimes to pick up a slab of that stuff. You'd never buy it in a supermarket again...


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