Fire at Jake O’s in Rock Island causes partial closure to Blackhawk Road

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ROCK ISLAND -- A massive fire at Jake O's has kept firefighters on scene for several hours.

Smoke and flames could be seen in the windows and on the roof of the restaurant, formerly O'Melia's, early Monday morning, January 30, 2017. The fire started around 4 a.m. in the 2900 block of Blackhawk Road.

Blackhawk Road was closed from 30th Street to 24th Street, and was expected to remain closed for the afternoon. Drivers were being asked to avoid the area.

Rock Island Fire Chief Doug DuBree said it is believed that the fire started in the kitchen area.

"They were open last night and shut up around 8:30 last night and nobody has been there since," said DuBree.

Nearby business owner Paul Holmquist said this kind of situation hits close to home.

"There are very few businesses still living and still existing on this road, and to have a big restaurant with a lot of employees who lost their jobs this morning, it's just devastating," said Holmquist.

The owner of Jake O's and his family said they do plan to rebuild the restaurant as soon as possible.
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