Sarge's Delicatessen, a beloved Murray Hill institution since the '60s, was severely damaged by a three alarm fire last night. Several firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling the blaze, which ripped through the popular Jewish deli and the three floors above it shortly before 7 p.m. "My room started filling up with smoke," one top floor resident tells the Daily News. "We looked out the fire escape window and I saw a column of flames in the back of the building."

It took more than 150 firefighters to get the fire under control, which took about 90 minutes. The cause of the blaze is still unknown. The good news is there were no deaths or serious injuries, but the bad news is what Division 3 Deputy Chief Thomas McKavanagh tells the News: "The restaurant sustained some severe damage and will not be open for a while." Sarge's, which opened in 1964, claims to be "the only deli in New York that currently cures their own corned beef and pastrami on premises."