Fire causes heavy damage to famous Chicago-area restaurant

Published 08-24-2018

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BLUE ISLAND, Ill. (AP) - Officials say that a celebrated suburban Chicago restaurant was significantly damaged by an early morning fire.

Authorities in Blue Island, located southwest of Chicago, say the fire at the Maple Tree Inn Chicago say firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 2 a.m. on Friday. The fire spread to the apartment but the residents escaped without injury. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 6 a.m.

Officials say that the fire that started in the inn's basement was likely caused by a ruptured gas line.

The restaurant was founded in 1975 in the community's Historic District. The Louisiana-style restaurant has over the years developed a national reputation and OpenTable ranked it this year as one of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America.

The owners say they'll rebuild the restaurant.

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