Seven Mile Market, the largest kosher supermarket in the Baltimore area, will reopen as early as Thursday after a fire last week and in time to meet the Orthodox community's Passover needs, according to Hershel Boehm, the store's co-owner.
"We will be fully stocked for Passover," said Boehm, adding that 90 percent of the store's Passover items were in a warehouse a mile away and spared from the fire.
Boehm said he was forced to throw out about $400,000 in food -- including deli meats, gefilte fish, borscht, candy and matzo -- after oil in a deep fryer caught fire March 8. County health officials insisted that the food, most of which was insured, be dumped because of smoke damage. The fire was extinguished quickly and no one was injured, Boehm said.
The one-alarm fire destroyed the fryer, burned some electric lines and damaged ceiling tiles, but did not damage the building housing the 32,000-square-foot market on Seven Mile Lane in Pikesville, Boehm said.
Passover, which begins next month, marks the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt and revolves around the ritualized dinner, or Seder. Baltimore is home to more than 20,000 Orthodox Jews, the largest community of its kind in the United States outside of New York.