HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – It will take time to rebuild a Hubbard restaurant damaged in a fire early Wednesday morning. But thankfully, the building itself kept the flames from spreading.
About 4 a.m., a policeman called back to the station.
“The rear of the building at the gyro place. It is definitely burning inside.”
The fire was at De-Onna’s along S. Main Street — a popular restaurant.
Squirrelly’s Skin Art is also in the building. “Squirrelly” got there around 5 a.m.
“I was wondering whether or not the place was going to be gone,” he said.
The fire chief said it appears to have been electrical and stayed in the kitchen.
No one was hurt.
The owner talked to us off-camera, stunned about the fire.
On the other side, Squirrelly’s has little damage.
“Once I got here, I opened the door, the smoke left,” Squirrelly said.
He was working on a tattoo Wednesday.
The IOOF Hall on the second floor was fine, too, along with a dance studio and vacant apartments inside of the building.
The way the building had been built in the early 1900s, there wasn’t much opportunity for the fire to spread.
“There’s four different rows of soldier block tied into each other, four rows across,” Squirrelly said. “For the flames to come through that wall, I don’t think that could’ve happened.”
Smoke and soot stains on De-Onna’s glass window point to damage inside, which will keep the restaurant closed for a while.
De-Onna’s is a six-time Taste of Hubbard winner.
“Oh yeah, the gyros are banging,” Squirrelly said. “That’s good food.”
He said he would help in any way he can.
“I hope they rebuild. They’re good people, good neighbors.”
Squirrelly knows the owner and landlord. He talked to them briefly Wednesday morning and was hoping to see them again.