Friday, January 25, 2019

Ed's Truck Stop and Diner Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

Ed's Truck Stop located on the east end of Sallisaw near Interstate 40 was engulfed in flames early Friday morning in a fire that appears to have left the building a total loss.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and the fire marshal will be investigating to determine the cause. No injuries were reported.

Sallisaw Fire Department along with other volunteer agencies as well as local police and authorities responded to battle the large fire and secure the area. 

Ed's Truck Stop was home to Ed's Diner, once known as Figtree, which was a local staple and gathering place for many years and originally owned by Sallisaw native Ed Stites. The diner had been the sight of many late night meals after ballgames, rodeos and Sunday after-church buffet lunches.

The truck stop and diner suffered from a smaller fire in 1999.

The truck stop, while still owned by Stites, was also known for the collection of children's pedal cars  that he had displayed along the upper portion of the diner's walls. And you couldn't miss the 1946 Lincoln Contintental Coupe parked inside the truck stop. 

Firefighters and officials remain on the site at this time (7:38 a.m.) and will continue to monitor and secure the building and surrounding area.

KXMX News Staff

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