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Community saddened after historic restaurant burns to the ground

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SUMMIT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Pike County landmark with history dating back to World War II burned to the ground Monday morning.

Dixie Springs Cafe in Summit is a total loss, but those who love the place say their memories from the restaurant will last forever.

As the restaurant burned, longtime customer Carroll Case's memory filled with unforgettable experiences shared over the years.

"I met my wife there and ended up buying the chair she sat in to take it as a souvenir,” said Case.

Now, all of the chairs are covered in char and ash and the historic restaurant is destroyed. It took several hours and six different fire departments to control the blaze. 

"Sad to say it’s a total loss, it was a defensive fire fight from the beginning, there's not going to be much saved here at all,” said Summit Fire Chief Stan McMorris.

There are no fire hydrants in the area around Dixie Springs Cafe so firefighters used water from Lake Dixie Springs to put the fire out.

The restaurant originally opened on the lake in 1939, was sold in 1979, and ironically burned down in 1983. It re-opened two years later across the street.

"I grew up here as a little boy and got my first hamburger right over there,” says Paul Ott, the son of the original Dixie Springs Café owners.

Case says he enjoyed some great food at Dixie Springs Cafe and is grateful now more than ever for his keepsake chair.

"Looks like that's all we've got now except some memories of this place,” said Case.  

No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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