Fire devastates S&S Liquors

IMAGE: S&S Liquors Nov. 3, 2016. Photo by Bill Brown

Nov 3—A devastating fire hit S&S Liquors in Takoma, DC Friday Oct. 28. It caused “enormous damage to the store, its fixtures, as well as the building itself,” said owner Sarbjit Kochhar, known to his customers as “Singh,”

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Sarbit “Singh” Kochhar at S&S Liquors in 2013. Photo by Bill Brown.

The store, located at6 925 4th St NW, is boarded up. All the upstairs windows in the two-story building are open to air it out. The store sits at the intersection of 4th Street, Cedar Street and Blair Road just west of the railroad underpass at the Takoma Metro station.

“It may It may take a long period of time to re-open and be back in business,” said Kochhar in a public announcement Nov. 2.

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Photo by Bill Brown.

He was, he said, at home recovering from major rotator cuff surgery when he learned of the fire, which broke out before the store’s usual 11 a.m. opening time. The Washington, DC Fire Department had extinguished the flames by the time he got there 50 minutes later, he said.

Kochhar thanked DC Metropolitan Police officer Springs and staff at neighboring businesses The Wellness Center and The Takoma Tavern for quickly reporting the fire.

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Photo by Bill Brown.

“ATF and the DC Fire Marshall have conducted their initial investigations, concluding that the fire was not caused by arson,” said Kochhar.

He thanked DC city councilmember Brandon Todd, who arrived at the scene swiftly to offer his support, and DC mayor Muriel Bowser, who sent a message of sympathy. Many friends and customers have offered help and sympathy also, he said.

The liquor store has been a neighborhood fixture for years, catering to neighborhood and Metro commuter customers. It features a wide selection of craft-beers, wine and hard liquors. It was the scene of a widely-reported armed robbery in 2013, as reported in the Takoma Voice.

4 Comments on "Fire devastates S&S Liquors"

  1. Nooo! Makes me sad. Keep strong, Mr. Singh! I may stop drinking until you open back up for business.

  2. Any loss to a liquor store is a tragedy, but can’t this space next to Metro be put to better use?

  3. Susan Schreiber | November 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm |

    Very sad —- I hope they are able to open soon. Good people and a good store. — Does anyone know how to contact Mr. Singh?

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