New owner thanks community for support after fire at Heartland meat market and deli

Jack's Meat Market up in flames

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - Multiple fire crews were called to a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Illinois, early on Friday morning, March 15.

Jack’s Meat Market, a popular deli and restaurant, was recently sold to new owners within the last week.

Murphysboro Fire Chief Steve McBride said the new owners were on the scene of the fire.

It is not known if they will rebuild.

“The outpour of commitment and support has been extremely positive and overwhelming and it has reminded me of good in people and it has lifted up our faith after a very long emotional night," the new owner said. "The outreach to our employees have been tremendous and I thank everyone not only in Murphysboro but in surrounding areas as well.”

According to Chief McBride, when crews arrived shortly after 1:30 a.m., smoke could be seen coming from the roof on North side of the business.

Multiple fire crews were called to a report of a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Illinois, early Friday morning, March 15.
Multiple fire crews were called to a report of a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Illinois, early Friday morning, March 15. (Source: KFVS)

Chief McBride says no flames were visible and the fire was contained to the attic.

It’s believed the fire started in the attic.

Murphysboro Fire Department is investigating the cause.

No one was injured in the fire.

The only difficulty in battling the fire was the age of the building.

Chief McBride said through the years there had been multiple renovations which created at least three layers to the attic and ceiling.

Due to the layers, fire crews had to battle the fire section by section, however, Chief McBride said this helped contain the flames to the attic area.

Crews were able to contain the fire to the ceiling of Jack's Meat Market.
Crews were able to contain the fire to the ceiling of Jack's Meat Market. (Source: KFVS)

A ladder truck from Carbondale Fire Department was used to help tackle the fire from above.

A ladder truck from Carbondale Fire Department was used to help tackle the fire from above.
A ladder truck from Carbondale Fire Department was used to help tackle the fire from above. (Source: KFVS)

Chief McBride said the use of the ladder truck helped to contain and knock out the fire in the attic.

He believed the building was a total loss.

Nearly the entire roof of the business is caved-in or missing.

All of the windows of the building are either coated in soot or broken.

Multiple fire crews were called to a report of a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Ill.
Multiple fire crews were called to a report of a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Ill. (Source: KFVS)

Crews battled the business fire on the 1800 block of Walnut St. for much of the morning.

Walnut St. was shutdown to traffic from 18th St. to 20th St. due to crews fighting the fire.

Crews from Carbondale Fire Department, Murphysboro, Somerset, Pomona Fire Protection District, Jackson County EMA, and Jackson County Ambulance assisted in battling the business fire.

Multiple fire crews were called to a report of a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Ill.
Multiple fire crews were called to a report of a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Ill.

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