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Petrolia pizza parlour’s roof collapses


Dec. 10, 2008 – Sarnia – Emergency officials responded to downtown Petrolia Tuesday after after the roof collapsed and rainwater poured into Pizza Magic.

Emergency officials responded to downtown Petrolia Tuesday after after the roof collapsed and rainwater poured into Pizza Magic.

No injuries were reported.

The family-owned pizzeria and restaurant at 4228 Petrolia Line
is operated by Nick and Lara McFarlane, who opened the eatery in
December of last year. The family lives in Oil Springs.

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Nick McFarlane was inside the eatery and had just opened up when the roof collapsed.

McFarlane, his wife and their daughter Candice — who helps out
at Pizza Magic — stood on the sidewalk in front of the business in a
downpour while firefighters checked the building and inspected the
roof.

Rebecca Martin, of the gift store Rebecca's Place, which shares
a common wall with Pizza Magic, said she was afraid of her roof
collapsing and was urged by friends to leave her building but stayed.

"I'm scared," she said. "But I can't afford to be out of business before Christmas."

Martin said the McFarlanes have "worked so hard" to get their
eatery going and added Lara McFarlane came into her store crying and
distraught after the collapse. Pizza Magic — between Rebecca's Place
and Grandis Jewellers — is just three business doors east from a
vacant Petrolia Line property where a fire destroyed several businesses
several years ago.

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