For the second time in 10 days a Naperville restaurant has been severely damaged by a fire.
More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze at Grandma Sally’s Waffle and Pancake House on Ogden Avenue around 3am, on Friday July 18.
Officials are calling the damage to the family owned establishment that’s been open more than 40 years a “total loss.”
“It’s a shame [because] all these people are out of a job now,” said longtime patron Rick Nuttall. “We’ve been coming here every Wednesday, meeting a lot of the old people that we know and it’s just a really nice place to visit.”
Damages are estimated to be around $400,000.
The cause is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, the Naperville Fire Department has determined what caused the Fourth of July weekend blaze at Rizzo’s downtown.
Their investigation found that the improper disposal of smoking materials sparked the fire that caused $200,000 in fire and water damage to the property.
The fire broke out around 6 a.m. on July 6 outside the establishment and worked its way inside.
Witnesses told investigators that patrons typically used second-floor patio planters as ashtrays – which they believe happened in this case.
Officials believe the planter then fell over onto storage mats drying outside overnight and caught fire.
Rizzo’s private insurance investigator has concurred with the fire department findings.
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