Remembering Canton's Dairy Queen After Devastating Blaze

Remembering Canton's Dairy Queen After Devastating Blaze

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It's hard to believe people were buying Blizzards and other Dairy Queen treats at the Canton location just days ago. That ended when fire gutted the restaurant Sunday morning. This week people are remembering it fondly.

“I always get my birthday cakes there. And my daughter's and my son's cake there. So it's like a tradition,” said Amber Griffin, long-time Dairy Queen customer.

The Dairy Queen was the first village business travelers could stop into coming from the south on Route 11. During its 51 years in business it had become a landmark.

“It's important to have a welcoming entryway to the village and that's a huge loss right now,” said Mary Ann Ashley, Canton town supervisor.

Jessica Putman, whose family has always operated this Dairy Queen, said there's a lot to work out before they can determine if they can reopen. But it's something they dearly want to do.

“I hope they do. Absolutely. I mean, they've been here for 50 years and they're a staple of our community,” said Ashley.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire. Evidence was sent to the state police crime lab. Insurance investigators were there Tuesday. Police say there were things found out of the ordinary. They haven't yet labeled it suspicious.

“We're not quite sure yet. We're still trying to determine that. We're still at the very early stages of the investigation. So we're just trying to make sure we cover all our bases,” said James Santimaw, Canton police chief.

The Dairy Queen was in the last year of an upgrade program. The fire snuffed that out, but people are still hopeful it will come back better than ever. 

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