NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — An intense fire caused extensive damage to a pizza shop in New Castle Saturday evening.

The blaze started inside Augustine’s Pizza on East Lutton Street around 7:30 p.m.

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Firefighters were called to the scene after a passerby called 911 after seeing smoke.

Firefighters say heavy smoke and flames were coming from the west side of the building when they arrived at the scene.

“One of our firefighters made entry, and he saw flames coming from the kitchen area. He said it was extremely hot,” said Assistant Chief David Joseph, of the New Castle Fire Department.

Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly and saved most of the structure.

“Most of the damage is in the kitchen area. It advanced to the roof a little bit, but I think we saved most of the structure,” Assistant Chief Joseph said.

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Owner Frank Augustine was thankful firefighters were able to save as much as they did.

“I want to thank you very much for saving my business, my family,” he said.

However, the frozen pizza production is temporarily shut down. The company distributes frozen pizzas to local supermarkets, fundraisers and even PNC Park.

No one was injured in the fire.

The business was closed when the fire broke out.

The city fire investigator was called to the scene to investigate the cause.

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