STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Community reflects on loss of Kat-A-Korner Diner in Sullivan

Slow traffic streamed past the Kat-A-Korner Diner Thursday. Dozens of onlookers wanted to see the remains of the diner.

Posted: Nov 15, 2018 5:53 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2018 7:05 PM

SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI)- Slow traffic streamed past the Kat-A-Korner Diner Thursday. Dozens of onlookers wanted to see the remains of the diner. Wednesday night a fire broke out destroying the diner. 

One of those who came to see the diner was Susan Wamsley. Wamsley co-owned the diner for 18 years before its current owner.

"Yeah, it was home and really a gathering spot for the local community. Same people every day. The cooks knew what they were going to order before they even got in the door," said Wamsley.

Fire crews returned to the diner throughout the day as the fire rekindled. Sullivan Fire Chief Rob Robertson said it was a fire that was difficult to fight.

LINK | FIRE DESTROYS SULLIVAN COUNTY DINER

"With the roof lines and stuff and the roof materials that were up there, it was harder to put the fire out as quickly as we could have. We were pretty much here all night," said Robertson.

The state fire marshal's office is now investigating but members of the community just hope the legacy of the Kat-A-Korner will live on.

"I hope that maybe he'll have the opportunity and be able to rebuild for the community. Make it even better. But the old is always sad when something happens to it," said Wamsley.

News 10 did get ahold of the current owner of the diner Fred Richey. Richey gave us the following statement.

"We're heartbroken…but the plan is to rebuild. The outreach from everyone has been great. Thank you to everyone in the community for the past years and we appreciate your patronage, prayers and thoughts."

News 10 will continue to bring any new updates involving the fire and the future of the Kat-A-Korner Diner.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 34830

Reported Deaths: 2143
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9900581
Lake3639190
Allen166269
Cass15877
Elkhart132228
St. Joseph128634
Hendricks117171
Hamilton116293
Johnson1115109
Madison59359
Porter54328
Bartholomew51535
Clark50541
LaPorte43824
Howard41528
Tippecanoe4143
Jackson3921
Delaware38539
Shelby37322
Hancock34027
Floyd31839
Boone31535
Vanderburgh2822
Morgan28024
Montgomery24517
Noble23721
White2378
Clinton2331
Decatur22431
Grant21323
Dubois1993
Harrison19422
Henry18411
Greene16925
Vigo1698
Dearborn16821
Warrick16628
Monroe16612
Lawrence16524
Kosciusko1501
Miami1401
Putnam1377
Jennings1304
Orange13022
Scott1203
Marshall1112
Franklin1108
Ripley1096
Carroll932
Daviess9216
Wayne855
LaGrange842
Steuben842
Wabash792
Fayette787
Newton7810
Jasper681
Jay530
Washington521
Clay511
Fulton491
Randolph483
Rush472
Pulaski460
Jefferson451
Whitley433
Starke393
DeKalb371
Sullivan361
Owen351
Perry330
Brown331
Wells320
Benton310
Huntington282
Knox280
Blackford262
Tipton251
Crawford240
Fountain212
Switzerland200
Spencer201
Parke180
Gibson172
Adams171
Posey160
Ohio130
Warren121
Martin110
Vermillion100
Union90
Pike60
Unassigned0167

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 121234

Reported Deaths: 5412
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook784953658
Lake8408292
DuPage7765374
Kane6404178
Will5613277
Winnebago229055
McHenry158572
St. Clair115282
Kankakee91548
Kendall80419
Rock Island66124
Champaign6457
Madison59460
Boone46317
DeKalb4184
Sangamon35029
Jackson28910
Randolph2694
Peoria2389
McLean22013
Ogle2113
Stephenson2092
Macon19419
Clinton18617
Union15511
LaSalle15313
Whiteside14213
Iroquois1324
Coles12715
Out of IL1181
Warren1170
Jefferson10116
Knox1010
Grundy992
Monroe9612
Unassigned930
McDonough8911
Lee811
Cass730
Tazewell735
Henry690
Williamson672
Pulaski560
Marion500
Jasper457
Macoupin452
Adams441
Perry410
Vermilion401
Montgomery391
Morgan361
Christian354
Livingston342
Jo Daviess320
Douglas280
Jersey241
Fayette213
Woodford212
Ford201
Menard200
Mason180
Washington180
Hancock170
Mercer170
Shelby161
Bureau151
Carroll152
Schuyler130
Bond121
Franklin120
Clark110
Crawford110
Fulton110
Logan110
Moultrie110
Piatt110
Brown100
Cumberland100
Johnson90
Wayne91
Alexander80
Henderson80
Effingham71
Massac70
Saline70
Greene50
Marshall50
Wabash50
De Witt40
Lawrence40
Richland30
Stark30
Clay20
Edwards20
Gallatin20
Hamilton20
White20
Calhoun10
Edgar10
Hardin10
Pike10
Pope10
Putnam10
Terre Haute
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 80°
Robinson
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 82°
Indianapolis
Few Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 79°
Rockville
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 80°
Casey
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 80°
Brazil
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 80°
Marshall
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 80°
Sunny and Hot!
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events