04/18/09 142 W - + 8 - 17 Fire Destroys Proescher Cafe, 1945

From the News & Observer of March 12, 1945, a fast-moving fire destroyed Proescher's Restaurant on March 11. Located on the Raleigh-Cary Highway, the fire started in the barbecue pit about 7:00 p.m. Ignited from hot grease, the flames spread through the entire wooden structure before Cary's fire truck arrived. The nearest hydrant was 300 to 400 feet away, so water pressure was insufficient to fight the fire. Raleigh also sent apparatus, but limited water and the progress of the fire limited their help. The fire raged for about 90 minutes, with flames confined to the main building. Cabins near the cafe were not damaged. Power lines burned, however, and the entire business and residential section of Cary was without electricity for a time. The eatery was owned by Andrew J. "Doc" Proescher Jr., who lived in an apartment above the restaurant.

The Proescher restaurant belonged to my family. This the first time I have see anything about the fire in a newspaper. It confirms the date and year. I remember it so well since I was there.
Richard Proescher (Email) - 02/21/11 - 18:44

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