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Kohr’s Fire 1976

I was a few months from turning 9 years old when this fire struck Kohr’s Original Custard and Whistle Stop at Franklin Avenue & Boardwalk. I remember the plectron tones waking us up, followed by the sounds of the firehouse siren blaring for what seemed like 10-15 minutes. My father ran out the door to the firehouse as my mother and I followed him onto the front steps of our home at 119 Franklin Avenue. We looked one block east toward the Boardwalk, and I remember seeing a tall ball of flames shooting into the air. My mother dressed my brother and sister and we walked with a hurried pace toward the Boardwalk. She was visibly worried about my father. We joined a group of local residents that had formed behind the police line and watched the area fire companies fight the blaze. Women and children pointed out their husbands and fathers (it was an all male fire crew back then) with a sense of relief. And I can also remember the Ladies Auxiliary staging at the fire ground and serving water and coffee.  Not as bad as the 1955 or 1965 fires for sure, but this was a bad fire nonetheless!  From The Dr. Anthony E. & Mary Ellen Vaz Collection.

  

  

  

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  1. Brings back memories. Remember 1963-1965 visiting that apartment above Kohrs. At that time it was occupied by the manager of Kohr’s and his family. His name was Frank. The Mom was Wilma and the little girl at the time was named Renita. We were young kids and became childhood friends because our dad’s worked on the boardwalk. Mostly we played within or around the boardwalk but sometimes I would visit her at the apartment. Recall the steps on the side of Kohr’s leading up to the (very small) one bedroom with a pullman kitchen unit. Interesting how I remember the details. Jan

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