Landmark Oswego Restaurant Hit By Fire; Cause May Be Electrical

Firefighters battle a blaze at Wade's Monday evening.

Firefighters battle a blaze at Wade's Monday evening. (OFD Photo)

UPDATE Noon Aug. 11
The preliminary cause of last evening’s fire at Wades Diner, 176 E. Ninth St. appears to be electrical.
“After an investigation by The city of Oswego Cause and Origin Team, the fire appears to be electrical, then spreading to the attic of the structure,” according to Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie.
The make up of the building with multiple roofs and a low ceiling held in an intense amount of heat, making this a challenging fire to fight, as well as causing much damage  damage to the kitchen, dining and serving counter areas of the diner, Chief McCrobie added.
UPDATE Aug. 11
Owner Tony Zappala took to Facebook early this morning (Aug. 11) to thank the firefighters for their efforts and his friends for standing by him.”As I am sure you can imagine, the loss of the diner is devastating to me, my family and especially my employees who dedicated many hours to making Wade’s a favorite place to eat,” he wrote. “Wade’s Diner will rebuild and remain a favorite place to eat in Oswego. Again, everyone, thank you for your encouraging comments and support.”
UPDATE 10:25 p.m.
OFD knocks down fire at Wade’s Diner
The Oswego Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Wade’s Diner on Monday evening.
Firefighters battle a blaze at Wade's Monday evening.
Firefighters battle a blaze at Wade’s Monday evening. (OFD Photo)

The single story commercial diner, sustained significant damage and is expected to remain closed for some time.

Fire investigation personnel are still at the scene this evening, searching for clues of what caused the blaze at the popular Oswego diner.
Oswego Fire Department crews were dispatched to the fire at 5:23 p.m., and first arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the attic area.
The business was closed at the time of the fire, and officials stated firefighters determined there were no occupants after an initial search.
Interior personnel then began looking for access to the fire, which proved very difficult.
Crews reported heavy smoke and heat conditions that worsened quickly, forcing them to back out of the structure.
The cause of the fire at Wade's Diner is under investigation.
The cause of the fire at Wade’s Diner is under investigation.

Firefighters were forced to cut holes in the roof and side of the structure to allow heat and smoke to exit and make conditions more tenable for an interior fire attack.

Crews were then able to pull ceiling material to access the seat of the fire and knock it down.
The fire was declared under control at 6 p.m.
Oswego Fire crews remained on the scene until about 7 p.m. to search for hidden pockets of fire to ensure it was completely out.
Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie said that the firefighters faced some unique challenges with regard to the construction of the building.
“The bulk of the fire was located in the attic space, which was very difficult to access because of multiple roof layers and the ceiling construction of the diner,” McCrobie said.  “Our personnel did a great job knocking the fire down, and avoiding damage to the adjacent structures.”
Chief McCrobie stated that the diner sustained “heavy damage” due to fire, heat, smoke and water.
It is unknown when or if the business will reopen.
Construction crews were at the scene, patching up exterior holes and will be working to secure the building.
The Oswego Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Oswego Police Department, the Oswego County Fire Coordinator’s Office, the Oswego County Fire Mobile Cascade Unit, and National Grid.
Fire crews from Scriba and Minetto were activated to be on standby in their districts in case mutual aid was needed.
No injuries were reported
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m.

Investigation is still ongoing at 9:40 p.m.

No injuries reported.

Damage was extensive to the rear bakery/cleaning area and to the attic space.

Smoke and heat damage throughout the structure.

Owner had contractors on the scene to secure the building as soon as the investigation is completed.


OSWEGO, NY – Wade’s Diner on East Ninth Street was struck by fire shortly after 5 p.m. today (Aug. 10).

Oswego Firefighters amde quick work of a blaze at Wades this evening. The cause is under investigation.
Oswego Firefighters made quick work of a blaze at Wades this evening. The cause is under investigation.

Oswego Fire Department was on the scene at about 5:15 p.m.

The blaze was knocked down within about a half hour.

No injuries were reported.

The landmark diner was “heavily damaged” by smoke and flames but is said to be salvageable.

The cause is under investigation.

Check back later for more details.

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