(June 17) SCRANTON, Pa. — A fire heavily damaged wholesaler Joseph Notarianni & Co. Inc. June 15, but shipments were quickly switched to another facility and the company remained in business.

Fire inspectors are working to determine the cause of the fire that decimated the 65-year-old building, said Jack Davis, an assistant chief with the Scranton Fire Department.

Steve Finberg, executive vice president of business development for Fresh America Corp., Arlington, Texas, which bought Notarianni four years ago, said the company began shipping product from a 60,000-square-foot Wilkes-Barre facility the next day. Fresh America had consolidated Notarianni’s operations in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, vacating that building in 2000.

Finberg said Fresh America had been searching for a company to sublease the building.

“It’s unfortunate what happened,” Finberg said about the fire, “but fortunately, we had options to take care of business.”

A tomato repacking facility across the street from the Scranton wholesale facility wasn’t damaged in the fire, he said.