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On August 13, 2018 there was a severe structural fire which led to a partial collapse of North Pole Ice Company. The Clarksburg Fire Department, Clarksburg Police Department and Harrison County EMS all responded to the scene. City Public Works crews assisted with road closures and detour routes as well as general clean-up. The convenience store along with the cold storage building connected to the long-time business were both deemed a complete loss.
Locally known as the “Ice Plant”, it served the community for over 90 years and became a staple to Clarksburg residents.
According to the family, North Pole Ice began as the name implies – as an ice business. In the 1920s, modern day freezers and refrigerators were not available, people relied on large blocks of ice to keep food preserved. North Pole Ice delivered large pounds of ice blocks door to door. Over time it morphed into an ice delivery business that delivered ice to businesses throughout WV, OH, and PA.
The convenience store came along in the 1950’s. North Pole Ice Co of Clarksburg has been solely operated by the Viglianco family. First by Matia Viglianco, then passed along to William Viglianco, where his eight children grew up working in the store. It was then left to the five sons of William Viglianco, and most recently, run by Bobby Viglianco’s daughter, Nicole.
Nicole Viglianco Romano stated, “The family will rebuild and reopen and is looking forward to again begin serving their community.” Ms. Viglianco-Romano stated the debris removal should take approximately one week and construction will begin soon afterwards. She anticipates opening in early 2019.
Sunrise Construction of Moatsville, WV has been retained by the property owner for debris removal.
City Manager Martin Howe stated, “The North Pole Ice has been a long-standing business in our community and we greatly appreciate their responsible actions they are taking to remediate the property.” Howe concluded, “The City will continue to assist where possible for future development.”
North Pole Ice is located at 607 Monticello Avenue, Clarksburg, WV.
Continue to follow Clarksburg, City Hall and www.CityofClarksburgWV.com for updates.
Story by Dominique Spatafore | City of Clarksburg
Image of North Pole Ice on fire is courtesy of Michael Corley