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Owners assess cost of rebuilding business after Solvay fire

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A fire in Onondaga County leaves a Solvay business in ruins. It started at the Fairmount Carpet at Linoleum on Milton Avenue around 6 p.m. Sunday. While fire officials work to determine what sparked it, our Katie Gibas spoke to the business owners trying to assess the cost of rebuilding.

SOLVAY, N.Y. -- Monday morning, Frank and Mark Guastella were looking at the damage at their Solvay store.

And while their business, Fairmount Carpet and Linoleum, is reduced to rubble, they say things could have been much worse.

"We had three people that lived upstairs. One of them is my son, and he got out. The people who live in the back weren't there because she works on weekends. So that we're very happy about. And we're very happy that none of the firemen, and there were about 100 of them, nobody got hurt," said Frank Guastella, the owner of Fairmount Carpet and Linoleum.

Jody Pucello, who owns the business next door, Pooch's Bar and Grill, added, "Once they were out, it was actually a really cool thing to watch all these fire departments working together. It was almost like being in a battlefield."

The fire started around 6 p.m. Sunday. And flames spread quickly. Twenty fire departments were called in to help, and it took hours for firefighters to knock down the flames.

"Being carpet and linoleum, and the combustible materials, the fire was very hot and very rapidly moving, so we needed several departments. Mainly that was to rehab our guys and keep them fresh and get them out of the cold," Solvay Fire Department Chief Angelo Cantello said.

Initially, firefighters they were concerned that the flames could spread and take out the entire block because the buildings in the village are so close together. Crews were able to limit the fire to only causing minor damage the outside of a neighboring building.

Now the owners don't know if or when they'll be able to reopen.

"That's up to when they come and inspect it and they tell me what the insurance company is going to do. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. So I really don't know what's going to happen. We'll see," Guastella said.

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