The Riverhead Home Depot reopened for business this morning following a fire Monday that damaged its main entrance. That entrance is closed but the store opened using the building's other entrances. Photo: Denise Civiletti

The Riverhead Home Depot reopened for business this morning, following a fire on Monday.

The main entrance to the Route 58 home improvement store remains closed due to fire damage, Riverhead Chief Fire Marshal Craig Zitek said today. The fire marshal’s office has inspected the building to ensure it is structurally sound, he said.

Fire damage was mostly limited to the exterior facade at the front entrance, where lawn chairs being stored against the exterior of the building caught fire at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday. See prior story. Riverhead firefighters quickly knocked down the flames, which had spread to the store facade and prevented further damage.

The fire marshal also reviewed interior plans for egress to ensure safe emergency exit routes for building occupants in the absence of the main entrance, Zitek said.

Officials on Monday credited store employees for quickly and safely evacuating customers from the store.

Riverhead Police said a preliminary investigation indicates the fire was not suspicious.

A Home Depot spokesperson said yesterday the company expected the store to be able to reopen this morning with no service disruption. The store was closed yesterday.

The interior of the store did not sustain significant damage in the incident, officials said.

Correction: This article originally stated that the fire at Home Depot occurred yesterday. The fire occurred on Monday.

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