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Chicago Firehouse Restaurant Suing Roofing Company for $8 Million Over 2014 Fire

South Loop steakhouse has been closed for 21 months but hopes to reopen this fall

Chicago Firehouse
The Chicago Firehouse is suing their roofing company for their role in this December 2014 fire.
Chicago Fire Department
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The owners of the Chicago Firehouse restaurant are suing their roofing company over the cause of the December 2014 fire that shuttered the South Loop steakhouse. Ownership is seeking more than $8 million, according to a report from The Cook County Record. The lawsuit alleges that Trinity Roofing Service wasn’t careful enough when operating their open flame torches on the roof. Chicago Fire Department officials believe that 100-pound propane tanks located on the roof contributed to the fire.

The case was filed on Sept. 14, and the lawsuit argues that Trinity should have had implemented better safety measures. The restaurant sustained heavy structural damage as the roof caved in, and it’s stayed shuttered for 21 months. Ownership hopes to open up sometime this fall, according to a greeting on the restaurant’s phone line. The restaurant had operated for 15 years at 1401 S. Michigan Ave.

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Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

1401 South Michigan Avenue, , IL 60605 (312) 786-1401 Visit Website