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Explosion destroys Peoria restaurant

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PEORIA (WEEK) - A Peoria restaurant was destroyed by an explosion and fire early Saturday morning.

Firefighters said they were called just before 1 a.m. to Sharkey's at 913 South Western Avenue to find the building engulfed in flames.

The restaurant was closed, and no one was inside, the fire department said.

The initial investigation indicates there was a large explosion in the building, but fire officials don't know what caused the blast.

Firefighters said they got the fire under control in about 25 minutes, but they stayed on the scene for 2 1/2 hours extinguishing hot spots.

The restaurant is a total loss, and the fire department said damage is estimated at $250,000.

Howard Packowitz

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