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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Rock Cafe fire ruled a mystery

  • Cause of a fire that gutted the historic Rock Cafe along Route 66 in Stroud last week is officially ruled undetermined, but officials said the fire does not appear to be suspicious.The Rock Cafe, 114 W. Main, was closed for the night when Stroud volunteer firefighters responded to the blaze about 11 p.m. May...
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  • Cause of a fire that gutted the historic Rock Cafe along Route 66 in Stroud last week is officially ruled undetermined, but officials said the fire does not appear to be suspicious.
    The Rock Cafe, 114 W. Main, was closed for the night when Stroud volunteer firefighters responded to the blaze about 11 p.m. May 20. No one was inside and no injuries were reported.
    The state fire marshal’s office investigated the cause of the fire. JoAnn Sellars, operations chief, said Wednesday that investigation is now complete. She said case agents were not able to determine how the fire started, but she said the fire does not appear suspicious.
    The fire gutted the inside of the restaurant and collapsed the roof, but the old rock walls remained.
    The Rock Cafe, owned by Dawn Welch since 1993, was built in 1939 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
    The rocks used to build the cafe in the 1930s were unearthed during construction of the Route 66 Mother Road. Welch said she “absolutely” plans to rebuild
    Welch said Tuesday she’s already having work crews begin the process of bracing the building from the outside in an effort to save the rock walls.
    She said they should be able to keep the bottom three-fourths of the rock walls intact during the rebuild.
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    Kim Morava may be reached at 214-3962 or kimberly.morava@news-star.com.
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