Former Chicago Firehouse Catches Fire


Project Type: Fire Damage
Building Type: Hospitality/Restaurant
Contact: J.C. Restoration, Inc. - Chicago, IL
Date of Loss: December 2014

J.C. Restoration, Inc., based in the greater Chicagoland area, quickly responded to a fire at the former historic firehouse-turned-steakhouse in Chicago’s South Loop. The building, originally built in 1905, housed some of the city’s heroes, the local firefighters. In 2000, it reopened as a fine dining establishment, serving some of the most prominent players in Chicago’s history.

The morning of December 10th, its roof had caught fire while work was being performed by a third-party contractor. The fire caused the roof to collapse, affecting the first, second and basement floors of the structure. Everyone was evacuated safely, and just after noon, the fire was under control and fire restoration companies were called.

The JCR Large Loss Recovery team responded and immediately performed board-up services and constructed a temporary roof, as well as fencing to secure the property. The team then began mitigation services, with the crew extracting approximately 80,000 gallons of water from the basement, along with cleaning up initial debris. The water mitigation crews worked around the clock from 8:00 PM the night of the loss until 4:30 PM the next day.

The contents crew performed a comprehensive inventory of salvageable and non-salvageable items, and packed out food, beverages, artwork, fixtures, wet documents, and “total loss” items. JCR also coordinated the evaluation of the restaurant’s appliances.

The fire damage cleanup team picked up debris on the exterior and interior of the building. Additionally, they removed wet carpet from the first and second floors of the restaurant while performing smoke damage restoration.

All services performed by JCR included: emergency board-up, debris removal, temporary services, extraction & dehumidification, structural drying, structure cleaning, smoke odor deodorization, demolition & debris removal, HVAC duct cleaning, contents pack-out, contents inventory services, contents secure storage, soft goods cleaning, art cleaning, document drying.

With around the clock work and a strong team working together, JCR was able to quickly restore this city’s historic landmark. Restaurant owners plan to remodel and open for business in the future.