On Friday, March 24, the beloved Trinity Café endured a fire and heavy damage that will require extensive repair.
The Trinity Volunteer Fire Department received notice of the fire at 10:04 p.m. and was able to completely extinguish it by 11:45 p.m. There were no injuries.
Café owners Dolores and Roland Kane began receiving phone calls around 10:15 p.m. notifying them of the fire, which will affect them, their nine employees, and loyal customer base.
The Trinity Café not only donates to local fundraisers, but also hosts several each year for the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity. The Club is important to the Kanes because they believe it helps educate children and fill their time with positive experiences.
“There are no words to express how truly blessed and thankful we are feeling,” Dolores Kane said. “We’re so grateful for the outpour of love and concern from our little town. The speed at which our awesome firefighters responded and contained [the fire] -- as no other businesses were involved -- it could have been so much worse. All the call, texts and prayers, offers to roll up sleeves and dig in with us is overwhelming! Our employees and their dedication to us is humbling.”
In the meantime, the Kanes plan to offer a limited breakfast at their other business, the Trinity Meat Market, which is located five blocks north of the café on Hwy. 19, and extend the menu there. Breakfast will be offered from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“This will give some of our employees a place to be as we move forward to rebuild the café, as well as a place for our regulars to meet,” Dolores Kane said.
Trinity Volunteer Fireman Scott Womack said the fire started in a storage space, but the cause is currently unknown.
The tragedy might have felt a bit nostalgic for some, as a similar fire took place in the mid 1960s when the Hudson Café burned to the ground across the street from the Trinity Café’s current location. The Hudson Café was considered a pillar in the community at the time, and had been bought and renamed “Triple A” before its demise. Trinity Volunteer Fire Department Chief Hayne Huffman fought that fire as well as the one at the Trinity Café. Firemen at the time thought the Hudson’s fire had been extinguished, but it somehow rekindled and diminished the building.
To support the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department, attend their upcoming fish fry fundraiser on Sunday, April 2 at the fire department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.