Fire Causes Near Total Loss for Historic Black Forest Restaurant

A Fire Marshal says a longstanding Grants Pass restaurant is almost a complete loss after it burned down overnight.

Posted: Mar 25, 2018 5:23 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2018 6:09 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore.- Grants Pass fire got a call just before midnight after patrons at Joe’s Sports Bar noticed some smoke inside the building. Fire Crews say patrons complained to dispatchers saying their eyes were burning. 

When crews got to the seen, the smoke investigation call was quickly upgraded to a commercial fire alarm. Fire Marshal Joe Hyatt says crews the smoke engulfed the Black Forest building, collapsing part of the ceiling. There was heavy smoke and water damage to the adjoining ADC Dental Clinic. 

Hyatt says there is a fire sprinkler system for half of the building, inlucing Joe's Sports Bar because of it's recent build. But because the the fire started in Black Forest, which is the non- sprinkler portion of the building, the fire grew and took down almost everything inside the storefront. 

No one was inside or hurt. 

Hyatt says, "Black Forest has been here long time so they haven’t had to upgrade to a fire sprinkler system. Joe’s Bar and Grill was more recently upgraded and was required under the new fire codes to actually have that fire protection system installed. That’s kind of what really made the difference here- fire sprinkler system versus non-fire sprinklers."

Fire crews are not sure what caused the fire and have to wait until insurance companies get on the scene. Grants Pass Fire plans to have some large cranes lift up the HVAC units off the roof before they can go inside and determine if the building is safe to investigate. 

Both family members and fire crews say the restaurant has a loyal following who will look forward to the restaurant's re-opening. 

Hyatt says, "It’s nothing unusual to see a business like this for six months before it’s up and running again, if not longer."

You can find our previous story on this fire, here

ADC Dental says in a statement, "Patients can contact us at 541-890-5570 or our sister office in Medford ADC Dental Clinic 541-772-8280. We will continue to see patients as scheduled if they are able to commute. We extend our gratitude and support to our patients and we are very sorry for the inconvenience this is caused."

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