Historic model train shop destroyed by fire

Updated: 05/27/2014 6:45 PM
Created: 05/27/2014 4:32 PM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

Sadness in East Rochester today after a large fire destroyed a longtime landmark. The fire broke out Monday afternoon at Despatch Junction, a model train shop. It took 80 firefighters to get the fire under control.

What used to be a destination for many is now surrounded by a fence--holding piles and piles of charred wood with old toys mixed in..

"We had Made in USA Lionel which is not around anymore. We had thousands of those and it will never be replaced. Said "Frank Ficinsk. He's worked here for almost 20 years. He is among the steady stream of people visiting what's left.

Collector Nik Stilson said, "They had their inventory, spare parts if you needed something repaired. They'd do it for you here too."

 Flicinski said, "They knew us worldwide -- that this was the place that could fix trains and that was our reputation. Our database in customers that we kept records of was just under a thousand."

That doesn't include thousands of others who came into the store. It is a loss for customers and for the people of East Rochester. Flicinski said, "It was the oldest standing building in town."

 Stilson said, "It's sad to see all that history, all that stuff, go up in smoke".

 Despatch Junction was closed when the fire broke out. No one was hurt.
Right now, the cause of the fire is unknown.

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