SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (WYTV) – A fire damaged a long-time business in Sharpsville on Monday morning but luckily, left several historic items inside untouched.
Flames broke out about 4:30 a.m. at Sharpsville Floral on West Main Street. A neighbor said she heard a loud pop, saw smoke and called 911.
The fire began in the basement, and investigators believe it started around an electrical breaker box. The fire did significant damage because the wood burned so easily.
Fire Chief Andy Totin said the age of building made it a hard fire to fight. It took about two hours to get the flames under control, and seven other departments helped out.
“Being an old structure like this, with heavy timber construction inside, we had one access in, and it was already compromised from the fire, so we had to look for alternate means to get to the scene of the fire,” he said.
The building is 115 years old. The floral shop has been in business for half of a century.
“It’s real sad. We’ve been in business for 50 years. I’m the third generation,” said Kim Schnarrenberger, a worker.
Art Linzenbold bought the business in 1963 along 3rd Street, before moving it 30 years ago to the location along Main Street. His daughter, Peggy Marriotti, owns it now.
The building is more than just a flower shop.
It also holds many historical items which were not damaged, and it used to be the home for the Sharpsville Fire and Police departments.
Most of the historic items were untouched by the fire, including the fireman sliding down the pole and numerous other items from Sharpsville’s past, which people loved to come in and see.
“It’s kind of like a historical landmark around here,” said Gary Sass, who lives across the street.
The business was insured, but it will take awhile for the business to bounce back.
“Hopefully, we get back in business soon,” said Schnarrenberger. “People can see their old historics are still here and still remember Sharpsville the way it used to be.”