Previous owners of Seabrook market, home destroyed in fire recalls positive memories
SEABROOK — The family who grew up at a Seabrook market recently destroyed in a fire is sad to see it go, but is happy for all the good times they had there.
Catalano's Market and the above apartments burnt down to the ground Wednesday morning following Tuesday's blizzard bringing 40 to 50 mph winds.
Mike DiBurro and his family remember the market as being home for them for over 30 years. William and Sandra DiBurro owned the market from 1969 to 2000, calling it DiBurro's Market.
"We spent everyday of our lives there. It's tragic," Mike said.
From first grade to college, Mike remembers spending every major event at the market with his two siblings Billy and Theresa. He recalled doing homework at the counter as customers helped them with it.
Mike, who now lives across the street from his father William in Florida, said he found out about the fire through a notification on Facebook. He immediately told his parents and siblings about the recent loss.
"It took him back a little bit... a part of his life is gone," Mike said about his dad after telling him of the news.
Mike said his father poured his heart and soul into both the building and the market. He even added an addition to the home upstairs in 1996.
"I spent 30 years there - the best years of my life," William said.
An iconic building for the community is now a loss, but Mike said it also brings a lot of good memories to his family.
"We are sad to see the store destroyed, but nothing will ever take away the memories we have in our hearts of the great times we had being a part of the Seabrook Beach community," Mike said.
The Wednesday fire displaced seven people who lived in the upstairs apartments. Everyone escaped safely, Seabrook Fire said.
The building first operated in 1924 as a home owned by Mac and Hellen Eaton, Sandra said.