The Fairbury Fire Department was called to 512 East Oak Street around 2:15 a.m. Thursday after a passerby reported smoke coming out of the McDonald family restaurant. Crews spent nearly three hours trying to contain the fire to the kitchen.
Throughout the day, cleaning crews removed damaged equipment and food. The owners say the fire was not grease-related, and nobody was inside when it started.
"We were lucky it was all contained in the kitchen area,” said Fairbury fire chief Leroy McPherson. “The problem was to make sure that we could ventilate so that we could get smoke out and make sure that there was nothing in the attic areas. So, we had to cut a few holes and make sure that we did contain the fire and kept it in that one room."
The state fire marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire. Family members say it could take anywhere from six weeks to six months to rebuild.
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