Ringwood restaurant to temporarily close after fire

RINGWOOD – The Rusty Nail Saloon re-opened just one day after a fire Wednesday caused about $30,000 in damage.

David Harwood, battalion chief for McHenry Township Fire Protection District, said responders were dispatched at 2:11 p.m. to the fire at the restaurant, 4520 Ringwood Road.

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.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, and Harwood said the county health department and building department would need to clear the business before it could reopen.

Editor's Note: This story is updated from a previous version.