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Cause of Oregon restaurant fire not yet determined

OREGON – The exact cause of a fire that destroyed a closed Oregon restaurant last month remains undetermined.

Oregon Fire Chief Don Heller said Tuesday that he had no information on the March 17 blaze at Whiskey’s River Smokehouse, 123 N. Second St.

“I haven’t heard back yet from the fire marshal,” he said.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire, which appeared to have started in the basement of the two-story building.

The building’s owner, Kevin Wedel, who lived in the upstairs apartment, was not at home when the fire occurred around 8 p.m.

The restaurant, which had been closed for some time, was near the fire station, overlooking the Rock River.

Oregon firefighters were assisted by seven other fire departments.

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