Hancock’s Little Italy II Devastated by Second Fire This Year

A Hancock mainstay for nearly two decades suffered its second devastating blaze in five months yesterday.

Little Italy II, a small pizzeria and sandwich shop at 43 W. Main St., caught fire around 3 a.m. Thursday and firefighters were on the scene until about 7:30 a.m., according to fire officials. The Sidney Federal Credit Union at 70 W. Front St., was also damaged, according to witnesses.

No injuries were reported, and firefighters were able to contain the fire from reaching any other buildings. From the Hancock Fire Department’s Facebook page:

Great job to all hancock and deposit fire department members at the little Italy fire great save again to all the surrounding buildings.also thank you to east branch and walton for standby.

Posted by Hancock Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday, July 30, 2015

On March 1, a seven-alarm ripped through the restaurant and a neighboring hair salon. The restaurant was rebuilding, and had set up a temporary structure with fencing and picnic tables to serve its customers, according to neighbors.

The community quickly rallied around the restaurant’s owners. From neighboring business The Bakery‘s Facebook page:

fact: everyone is devastated by Little Italy’s 2nd fire this year. fact: our friends and “family” at Little Italy & Sidney Federal Credit Union are safe and were not at work yet for thursday! fact: our Hancock Fire Departmentstopped another fire from taking over its neighbors! fact: our community will help them rebuild

Posted by The bakery. Hancock NY on Friday, July 31, 2015