The first major roadblock that Harry and Esther Snyder encountered struck home especially hard in the form of cancer. After smoking a pack a day for thirty years Harry was diagnosed with lung cancer. The second problem they faced while Rich was president of In-N-Out Burger was when …show more content…
(113) After Harry’s death Rich was named president of In-N-Out Burger, Esther was given the title of secretary-treasurer, and Guy was named executive-vice president.
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At about 7:00 p.m. on August 16, 1978, a fire broke out at the chain’s Baldwin Park headquarters. (119) Sixty firefighters from eleven engine companies rushed to battle the flames as they ripped through In-N-Out’s warehouse, offices, and meat department. When the smoke had cleared the facility was completely gutted. (119) Fortunately, the facility was closed at the time and nobody was inside. The fire was potentially devastating for In-N-Out Burger, and not just in monetary terms. The fire didn’t just pose a threat to Rich’s immediate plans to expand; it jeopardized In-N-Out’s ability to continue to operate. But Rich was determined to get In-N-Out Burger up and running immediately. (120) One thing that could have prevented the entire facility from burning to the ground was water sprinklers. But the building was built before regulation mandated that they be installed. I solely blame Rich for not foreseeing this as a potential future hazard and having the proper fire prevention measures installed. (120) It was a good thing that In-N-Out Burger had always taken care of its suppliers because following the warehouse fire, this time the suppliers took care of the burger