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Famed Oscar's Smoke House consumed in blaze

Witness Dawn White saw the smoke billow skyward from her home on Lake Ave.

"It's really awful," she said. "Oscar's is like a staple in this community," she said. "I hate to see it like this."

Operated by the Quintal family for generations, Oscar's Smoke House has been a business that for decades has attracted visitors to Warrensburg.

The enterprise employs 14 local people including Quintal family members, and it ships gourmet smoked meats across the nation and internationally. It incorporated both a wholesale meat processing and packing operation with a retail enterprise that was a destination for people from both nearby and hundreds of miles away.

Oscar's Smoke House was established in 1943 by Oscar and Edith Quintal in the Music Hall block on Main Street, which burned down in 1945. The Quintals relocated to its present location in 1945.

The enterprise has been operated for decades by Jerry Quintal, Oscar and Edith's son. In recent years, Jerry's sons Joq and Joel have joined their father in operating the business.

Jonathan Alexander contributed to this report.

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