Jo-Lynn’s Pizzaria, Household-Owned for three Generations, Present in Flames – CBS Pittsburgh

LIBERTY BOROUGH (KDKA) – A shop that has been family-owned for three generations was found ablaze by neighbors in Liberty Borough this morning.

The owner says it will be a tough recovery, but she is determined to come back strong.

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A local pizza shop had to shut down its ovens and deliveries due to a fire this morning.

“We stopped, there was a lot of smoke and fire coming through the roof,” said Liberty Borough Fire Chief Corey Derr.

“I was awakened from a deep sleep,” said Julz, an employee at Jo-Lynn’s Pizzaria. “She called me this morning and said your work was on fire and I went outside and saw the smoke coming down from my house.”

Jo-Lynn’s pizzeria was closed, so there were no injuries. But there are broken hearts.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking and devastating,” said Julz. “I’m 39 years old, I’ve been here since I was 16.”

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The business was founded in the 1970s. It has been in the same location since the 1980s and has been passed down from generation to generation.

It has employed countless parishioners, including the fire chief, and it’s the only pizza place in town.

“It will be a great loss to the community and we hope they can rebuild and reopen,” Derr said.

And the crew says they are doing just that and will return even better.

“We’ll build again, we’ll come back afterwards, we’ll get over it and come back better,” said Julz.

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What started the fire is not yet known. Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating.

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