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Early morning fire rips through company and apartments

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

WTOV9.com
WEIRTON, W.Va.-- Fire crews in Weirton were busy Tuesday morning battling a structure fire along Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton.
Officials received the call around 3:15 a.m. that the Guglielmo Investment Rental Company building, along with two apartments connected to structure, were on fire.  No one was inside the apartments at the time. All are considered to be a total loss.
Owner Gino Guglielmo learned of the fire about 2 hours later.
 "I was way for the weekend (and I) got a call about 5 a.m. from my sister who said my office was on fire," Guglielmo said.
Once Guglielmo learned no one was inside, his initial disbelief quickly turned to concern.
"My first thought was because I'm so conscious about my credit and I pay my bills on time, how am I going to get in there to find my bills to figure out who I owe to make sure I pay everybody?" Guglielmo said.
Despite the scene of firefighters making their way through charred halls to determine the origin of the blaze, Guglielmo remained positive.
"I've been in business 30 years," he said. "I've had a lot of bad things happen to me -- a lot -- and I've come back every time. It's just another bump in the road."
While finding out what sparked the blaze will take time, Guglielmo has plans for the future of his company.
"I'll just rebuild," he said.

Early morning fire rips through company and apartments


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