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Rusty Nail reopens a day after fire

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:14 a.m. CDT
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Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com Firefighters work to reach flames in the wall of the Rusty Nail Saloon on Ringwood Road Wednesday.

RINGWOOD – One day after a fire caused roughly $30,000 in damage, The Rusty Nail Saloon has opened its doors.

Mike Siudak, owner of Rusty Nail, said all needed inspections were done and the restaurant was operational.

David Harwood, battalion chief for McHenry Township Fire Protection District, had said Wednesday the business would likely need to close for a few weeks for the health department and building department to inspect the building.

Firefighters responded to a call at the restaurant on 4520 Ringwood Rd. at 2:11 p.m. Wednesday .

Upon arrival, Harwood said the business had been evacuated and bystanders were attempting to extinguish the blaze with a fire hose but were not successful because the fire worked its way into the walls.

Because there were no hydrants on scene, the alarm was upgraded to bring in off-duty personnel to bring water tanks. Fire departments from Richmond and Fox Lake also assisted, Harwood said.

It took firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Harwood said the fire originated in a wall that met the flooring near the crawl space. The fire, which is not considered suspicious, damaged the exterior and interior of the saloon.

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