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Firefighters battle fire in attic of metro-east restaurant

Fire at Ruby Tuesday in Fairview Heights

Firefighters from multiple fire departments responded to a structure fire call at Ruby Tuesday on North Illinois Street in the early-morning hours of Oct. 21, 2016. The restaurant was closed for two months following the blaze.
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Firefighters from multiple fire departments responded to a structure fire call at Ruby Tuesday on North Illinois Street in the early-morning hours of Oct. 21, 2016. The restaurant was closed for two months following the blaze.

Firefighters from multiple departments battled a fire at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant early Friday morning.

Fairview Fire Chief Bryan Doyle said he was first on scene at 6 a.m. Friday and saw “smoke coming from the roof of the building.” He said there was fire in the attic area.

No one was inside at the time of the fire. Doyle said the cause of the fire had not been determined.

Smoke could be seen coming from the restaurant at 6:30 a.m. At 7 a.m., the smoke had lessened and some damage could be seen to the front of the building.

Radio traffic indicated the fire was out as of 7:10 a.m. Friday. Some damage could be seen on the front of the building where smoke was coming out.

Fire departments on scene included Fairview, French Village and Collinsville. The chief said O’Fallon, Swansea and Northwest fire departments also helped.

Fairview Heights police officers were also on the scene as well as MedStar EMS.

Ruby Tuesday is located at 6565 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers

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