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 p.m.at 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.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s