Snow
41°FSnowFull Forecast

Cause of Oregon restaurant fire not yet determined

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

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.

Get breaking news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from Sauk Valley Media!

National video



Reader Poll

There’s a movement afoot in the Illinois Legislature to name former President Barack Obama’s birthday (Aug. 4) as a legal holiday in Illinois. What do you think?
Good idea
Bad idea
Not sure
No opinion