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Fire destroys long-time tavern in Decatur

DECATUR — A restaurant that's been a stalwart in the central Illinois community of Decatur for half a century has been destroyed by a fire.

Monday's blaze at Macon's Night Owl sent flames shooting about 30 feet in the air.

Investigators say the fire started several hours after the bar closed. But by the time authorities arrived, the blaze became what South Macon Fire Protection District Chief Ed Aukamp called "one heck of an inferno."

No one was injured, but the building is considered a total loss.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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