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Bub's pizza shop destroyed

| Monday, July 30, 2007

PERRYOPOLIS -Fire destroyed a pizza shop Sunday morning and caused minor damages to a nationally registered historic building next to it.

A firefighter on his way to work around 6 a.m. spotted the blaze at Bub's Perry Pizza on South Liberty Street, Perry Township fire Chief Barry Lynch said.

Lynch, who lives two blocks from the pizza shop, said flames were coming from the building when he arrived on scene.

"We just started hollering for help," he said.

Firefighters from numerous companies responded. Lynch said seven tanker shuttles were established as back up to fire hydrants.

The blaze gutted both floors of the two-story building, which Lynch said was destroyed.

A state police fire marshal was on scene yesterday, sifting through the debris to try to determine a cause.

A man who bystanders identified as the pizza shop owner declined to comment. The building's owner is out of town, Lynch said.

A two-story brick building next to the pizza shop had minor water damage. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as "Youghiogheny Bank of Pennsylvania."

John Martinak, of the Perryopolis Area Heritage Society, said there was water damage in the basement. Water appeared to have trickled from the attic into an upstairs hallway .

The former bank, which is a museum with numerous antiques and historic artifacts, had an odor of smoke inside.

Built in 1816, the building housed the first bank west of the Alleghenies, according to an historic marker at the site. The bank went bankrupt shortly after it was chartered, but the building served various other purposes over the years, including as a schoolhouse, doctor's office, restaurant and fruit stand.

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