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Employees remember Desptach Junction

East Rochester, N.Y. Fire investigators are looking for a cause of a fire that destroyed an East Rochester landmark Monday night.

Train collectors and enthusiasts are left looking for something that will one day replace what the Despatch Junction meant to them.

The Despatch Junction had almost a cult following that fostered some special friendships over the decades.

The shop has been open since the 1980s inside a train station that has stood on the site since the 1890s.

Few people knew what a loss this is more than Frank Flickinski, a friend of the owner and a part-time employee for the last 20 years.

Flicinski would often look up at passing trains when he worked at the shop. Now he is looking down at the debris that remains.

Fire ripped through the Despatch Junction and destroyed the shop in a matter of hours Monday night. The blowing wind presented a challenge for the nearly 80 firefighters from six different departments who responded.

Firefighters discovered that the safest way to fight the fire was to let it burn and prevent it from spreading.

Its gone. Its not going to be replaced. It cant be replaced, its impossible, Flicinski said.

Many hearts are broken for the owner of Despatch Junction, a man who was a friend and favorite of those who visited the shop.

It was his baby. Hes done this for many, many years and when youre in this kind of business youre not going to get rich, but youre satisfied by doing something that you really love to do every day, Flicinski said.

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Washington Times