Dante Terzigni said he will rely on operations at his Warren store on U.S. 422 until he can rebuild his Canfield store, which has been in business since 1979.
Fire Chief Don Hutchison said Wednesday afternoon that investigators still were searching for a cause of the fire and where in the store it started.
At 2:05 a.m., the alarm company reported heavy smoke at the store at U.S. 224 and South Raccoon Road. When firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring from all areas of the roof.
Initially, crews entered the building in an attempt to save it, but Hutchison said they were called out after personnel on the outside noticed that the building had shifted, which indicated that it was unstable.
A portion of the building did collapse during the blaze.
Firefighters still were hosing down hot spots late Wednesday morning as a representative from the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office and Canfield investigator Capt. Bill Jones inspected the damage.
Terzigni said the fire department called him at his Howland home just after 2 a.m., and he and his wife made it to the store about 2:30 a.m. He said he felt 'shock' and 'disbelief' as he watched firefighters battle the flames.
Terzigni said he was touched by the support of both firefighters and community members, including several former and current employees.
'A lot of the firefighters are regular customers and they know the layout inside,' Terzigni said.
Departments who helped out were Austintown, Boardman, Damascus, Ellsworth and Green.
A spokesman at the Warren store said it appeared that the area where repairs were to be made was not affected by the fire. Anyone who had something in the Canfield shop for repair should call the Warren store at 330-369-2345 and leave their name and phone number. Once their item is found in the computer system, it will be repaired at the Warren location and the customer will be notified.
Photo by Jeffrey A. Wilson, Town Crier
Do-Cut president Dante Terzigni follows his wife; RoseMary; and Canfield firefighter Joshua Grossman from the remains of the Do-Cut Sales & Service Inc. Wednesday morning. They had recovered a computer used by the business; which will be taken to their technical department to try to recover its data. The store; located at U.S. 224 and South Raccoon Road; is considered a total loss.