Pleasant Gap business closed after fire

A Christmas Eve fire burned the Fasta & Ravioli Co. building in Pleasant Gap.
A Christmas Eve fire burned the Fasta & Ravioli Co. building in Pleasant Gap. nmark@centredaily.com

A Christmas Eve fire has shut down Fasta & Ravioli Co.

A post on the Pleasant Gap restaurant’s Facebook page tried to stay cheery.

“Merry Christmas!” the post said. “Due to unforeseen circumstances and a large fire any orders for pickup will not be available (at) our Pleasant Gap location.”

“We still have a full selection of all our ravioli and sauces at Good Seed (Baking Co.) and Way Fruit Farm and Burkholder’s,” owner Bob Ricketts said. “We fortunately had a full freezer of inventory not impacted by the fire.”

The Pleasant Gap Fire Company was dispatched to the intersection of South Main Street and East College Avenue for the “odor of gas,” at about 2:10 a.m. The intersection is about 0.2 miles from the store at 157 W. College Ave.

Pleasant Gap Fire Company Chief Lou Brungard was “confident” the odor of gas call is unrelated to the fire.

“We’ve got (a) phenomenal local fire department that’s quick to react, so damage could have been a lot worse if not for them,” Ricketts said. “And had the patron not called it in when they did, damage definitely could have been a lot more severe.”

About half an hour later a fire started in Fasta, according to Centre County Fire Wire. Centre County dispatchers called for Pleasant Gap, Walker Township, Undine and Logan fire companies to battle the blaze.

“Crews arrived on scene to find fire inside the structure and a light smoke condition outside,” a Pleasant Gap Fire Company post said. “… The fire caused moderate damage to the facility.”

Brungard said it is undetermined where the fire started, what caused it or how extensive damage is to the building.

The post also said crews worked “for approximately three hours on this call,” though Brungard said the fire was under control in about 10 minutes.

“Mammoth (Restoration) is here cleaning,” Ricketts said. “We’d like to start restoration and get running here again as soon as possible. It’s also Christmas Eve and the holidays, so it’s a little hard to get a project started. There’s no timetable as of right now for when we reopen.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli