Jacksonville restaurant catches fire

Jacksonville restaurant catches fire

POSTED: Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:19pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:13am

Sunday firefighters worked for hours to put out a fire that destroyed Yum Yum restaurant at Maine Street in Jacksonville.

While authorities say the fire started at around 12:30 Sunday morning, the flames continued until late in the afternoon.

Jacksonville Fire Department Captain Randy Ragsdale tells KETK, "It's not safe to put anybody inside because of the danger of collapse so we're just trying to put in all the water we can with the ladder."

While no one was in the restaurant at the time of the fire, the loft above the restaurant was a different story. Only one of the loft's three residents, Jeral Kopelow, was home, but escaped safely. Kopelow tells KETK right before the fire started he heard what sounded like two small explosions from the back of the building. Because of the severity of the fire damage, firefighters say they may never find out what started the flames. Captain Ragsdale explains, "I would say at this point it's going to be hard to determine what started the fire"

The one thing that is certain, Yum Yum will be missed. This restaurant had a history of donating food to emergency shelters such as Hope: Helping Others Pursue Enrichment.

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