Late Wednesday night, crews responded to calls of a fire at the Kat-A-Korner Diner in Sullivan, a fire that first responders say they unfortunately had some trouble with.
“We weren’t able to stop it, with the metal on the roof, and with all of the decking and stuff underneath the metal it was making it hard for us to put the fire out,” said Rob Robertson, Sullivan Fire Chief.
For crews, battling this fire was more than an attempt to save a building but to save an establishment that many have come to love.
“It was always packed here, and with people not being able to come here every morning and Friday evenings, it’s going to be a loss,” said Robertson.
The restaurant has been around since 1933 and holds many memories, including for former owners.
“It’s a sad thing, I mean we spent 18 years down here everyday so that’s a lot of time,” says Susan Wamsley, former Kat-A-Korner owner.
While many will remember the Kat-A-Korner for its breakfast and Friday fish fry’s, Wamsley believes the diner was more than just a place to grab a bite to eat. “They used to have dances down here and card parties and all kinds of things way back in the day. So yeah, it was a landmark.”
Although faced with tragedy, there is a belief that the Kat-A-Korner diner and its owners will bounce back. “The business is good down here and people love it, and I know he loved it,” says Wamsley.
Owner Fred Richey says that he does plan to rebuild.