Building containing Dormont pizza shop destroyed in blaze

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DORMONT, Pa. - A Dormont building was destroyed and another damaged after a West Liberty Avenue pizza shop caught fire Tuesday morning.

Dormont fire Chief Jeff Arnold called the building containing Angelina's Pizzeria and two second-floor apartments “a total loss.”

“It appears it started in the kitchen of the pizza shop,” Arnold said. The cause has not been determined yet, he said.

Firefighters closed West Liberty in both directions after the fire was reported at 5:15 a.m., Arnold said. The road has since reopened.

No injuries were reported in the fire -- the residents of the upstairs apartments escaped the building safely.

Dave Held said he was able to get the man and woman living next to him out of their apartments before flames erupted.

“I woke up and thought, ‘That smells like smoke,’” Held said.

Gary Muggli, 26, lives in the building next door to the pizzeria in the 3200 block of West Liberty, near the intersection with McFarland Road, along with five other people.

“I woke up at 5:45 to what sounded like garbage pickup,” Muggli said. “I looked outside and saw fire trucks. We all got out before they evacuated our building.”

The owner of that building, Anthony Marinelli, 41, of Mt. Lebanon said his four-unit building suffered smoke and water damage.

 

Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.