HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — The owners of a pizza place destroyed by fire in Monroe County plan to rebuild. As one owner puts it, the customers are inspiring them.
Furino’s Pizza near Snydersville caught fire Sunday morning. Since then state police fire marshals have been investigating the cause while the owners figure a way to rebuild and reopen.
Georgia Furino is one of the owners of Furino’s Pizza on Business Route 209 near Snydersville. Inside her restaurant, soot from a weekend fire covers everything, including the soda machine which melted from the heat of the flames.
“It’s bad,” she said. “Once you walk through those doors, it’s devastating the amount of damage the fire did cause.”
The fire marshal says the fire started somewhere in or around the kitchen area.
The owners of this pizzeria say they believe the flames shot out of the kitchen and you can tell by the scorch marks on the wall. Due to all the damage, the owners say this place has to be gutted and once that’s done, they plan to rebuild.
“It’s the people in this area. I love them, each one of my customers,” Furino said, adding that the customers give her extra inspiration to rebuild.
One of those customers inspiring the owners to rebuild is James Hagner. He stopped by to see how he could help.
“I just like to give him some support for what happened here, just let him know people care about him. This is terrible.”
State police fire marshals say the fire is not suspicious but they’re not sure exactly how the fire started.
It’s also not clear when Furino’s Pizza will reopen.