A mom-and-pop truck stop and diner which still proudly served truckers and the local community has burned to the ground. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Ed’s Truck Stop and Diner was located right at the junction between I-40 and U.S. 64 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. It was one of a dying breed of truck stops. It was still independently owned, had a classic diner which looked like it was straight out of the 1950s, and even had a 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible and a collection of antique pedal cars on display to complete the look.
According to Mike Fullbright, Fire Captain for the Sallisaw Fire Department, the call came in shortly before 4 a.m. on Jan 25th.
“When we arrived, the fire was coming through the roof towards the back part of the building,” Fullbright said according to the Sequoyah County Times. “The fire spread quickly and we were just defenseless.”
The fire department stayed on the scene for five hours fighting the blaze and managed to keep it from hitting the gas pumps, saving the site from an explosion.
There is no word yet on whether the owners will rebuild. One of the owners, known only as “Lovely” managed the truck stop and, as shown in Facebook posts below, both customers and employees seemed attached to the place.
“A lot of the locals, a lot of the older people come down here and drink coffee and solve problems, you know,” Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong said according to KFSM. “It’s kind of a meeting spot. I’m sure it’s going to be missed by many residents here in town.”
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