Star breaking news: Wednesday, July 17

A fire in Fishtown; miss­ing boy last seen in Port Rich­mond.

Fire at Fishtown pret­zel shop

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Fur­fari’s Soft Pret­zel Bakery, 2025 Frank­ford Ave., ex­per­i­enced a small oven-re­lated fire.

It was the first such blaze in the bakery’s his­tory, ac­cord­ing to co-own­er Linda Fur­fari.

“In 59 years, we’ve nev­er had a fire,” she said.

Two em­ploy­ees bak­ing Fur­fari’s pret­zels were the only people at the shop when the fire star­ted early this morn­ing. They had both stepped out­side for a break when flames began to spread on the ceil­ing above the oven, ac­cord­ing to Fur­fari.

One of the em­ploy­ees on-site at­temp­ted to con­trol the fire with a fire ex­tin­guish­er, but was un­able to op­er­ate the ex­tin­guish­er, Fur­fari said.

Now, Fur­fari’s may need to be closed for a month or six weeks to al­low for re­pairs and an in­vest­ig­a­tion of the fire, Fur­fari said.

“The build­ing where you walk in and buy the pret­zels is fine. The one where the oven is — we need to fix it,” she said.

Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment ex­ec­ut­ive chief Richard Dav­is­on con­firmed that two lad­der com­pan­ies re­spon­ded to the fire at Fur­fari’s at 7:01 a.m. and saw smoke rising from the roof of Fur­fari’s. They brought the blaze un­der con­trol by 7:14 a.m.

The cause of the fire is un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion, Dav­is­on said. ••

Miss­ing teen last seen in Port Rich­mond

A 15-year-old high school wrest­ler is miss­ing, and was re­portedly last seen in Port Rich­mond.

Zachary Robles, 15, a stu­dent at Cent­ral High School in Ol­ney, has been miss­ing since the even­ing of Monday, Ju­ly 15.

He is be­lieved to have last been seen in Port Rich­mond, ac­cord­ing to a no­tice dis­trib­uted by vo­lun­teers par­ti­cip­at­ing in the search.

Robles is about five feet tall and weighs about 100 pounds. He is lis­ted on­line as a mem­ber of Cent­ral High School’s wrest­ling team.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about Robles’ where­abouts is be­ing asked to con­tact the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment, or to con­tact vo­lun­teers as­sist­ing with the search at (267) 328-4589. ••

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