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Former Shady Lane restaurant 'completely destroyed' in fire

An overnight fire "completely destroyed" what was once the Shady Lane restaurant building, according to Marengo Fire Chief Bob Bradbury.
An overnight fire "completely destroyed" what was once the Shady Lane restaurant building, according to Marengo Fire Chief Bob Bradbury.

MARENGO – An overnight structure fire “completely destroyed” what was once the Shady Lane restaurant building, according to the Marengo fire chief.

A report of a structure fire at 24803 W. Grant Highway came in around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Fire Chief Bob Bradbury said.

He said the rear part of the long-shuttered and abandoned building was already collapsing when firefighters arrived.

The former dining area was destroyed by the time firefighters left at 4:30 a.m., according to Bradbury.

The building’s demise comes five years after it survived a 2009 fire that engulfed its neighbor, the former Shady Lane theater.

“That fire [in 2009] destroyed the theater,” Bradbury said, adding the two structures were about 50 feet apart. “This one destroyed the supper club building.”

Assistance came from the Woodstock Fire Rescue District and the Hampshire and Boone County fire protection districts, among others.

There were no injuries. The fire is under investigation.

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