GOUVENEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - Fire struck Dashnaw’s Pizzeria in Gouverneur Wednesday morning, gutting the East Main Street eatery.
Dashnaw’s Laundromat in the same building was saved, including an estimated $800,000 in laundry machines, dryers, and other equipment.
A passerby reported the fire at 3:33 a.m. Fire was erupting from the pizzeria’s roof when Gouverneur firefighters arrived.
The blaze was knocked down in about 15 minutes, but firefighters were on scene all morning doing overhaul and watching for rekindles.
Fire Chief Thomas Conklin said the fire must have been burning for some time before the passerby spotted it.
The laundromat is open at that hour, but no one was there.
There were no injuries and the building is insured.
The Dashnaw family was at the fire scene later in the day, but members said they were too upset to speak with us.
A pizzeria owner just down the street says he can understand their heartbreak.
“I feel really, really bad for them because, as a business owner, I understand that’s your livelihood being affected and I sympathize with the situation. It’s very unfortunate,” said Nick Ciambra, New York Pizzeria owner.
But people at St. James School right next to Dashnaw’s say Gouverneur residents will no doubt help the business owners get back on their feet.
“This community’s good about rallying around those in need and I have no doubt that people will come to their aid during this time,” said Michele Lallier, St. James School’s former principal.
State fire investigators were looking into the cause of the fire
The Richfield Fire Department pitched in with traffic control for a time.