New Castle fire department calls for backup for restaurant fire

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) — A big fire in New Castle Saturday had firefighters calling for backup.

It started about 7:30 Augustine’s Pizza on East Lutton Street.

Fire crews said flames were shooting out of a kitchen window when they got there, and neighbors who called in the fire saw lots of smoke.

Firefighters said they think it all started in the kitchen.

The restaurant wasn’t open and no one was there when the fire broke out. East Lutton was shut down while crews fought the fire. At one point, they cut a hole in an upper floor to help with ventilation.

New Castle Fire Department Assistant Chief David Joseph says he thinks the department saved most of the structure.

Owner Frank Augustine thanked firefighters and said the family-owned pizza shop will make it past this hurdle.

Aside from the restaurant, the frozen pizza production is also shut down temporarily. Augustine’s distributes frozen pizzas to 200 retailers including Wal-Mart, Giant Eagle and PNC Park.

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