Fund set up for workers of Pinckneyville, IL restaurant destroyed by fire

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - An early Saturday morning fire left a business completely destroyed on Dec. 23. Now the community is pulling together to help out displaced workers.

According to the Pinckneyville Chamber's Facebook Page, donations can be made to the "Friends of the Grecian" at First National Bank and Murphy-Wall State Bank. First National Bank has also promised to match the first $1,000 raised.

Pinckneyville Community High School students will be collecting money at the Duster Thomas Classic basketball tournament Dec. 29-30.

According to Pinckneyville Fire Chief Jim Gielow, they received the call about a fire at the Grecian Steak & Seafood House on  502 S. Main St. around 6:20 a.m.

When the crews arrived at the business, there was heavy smoke coming from the building. They believe the fire started in the attic and then spread through the ceiling onto the roof.

Tamaroa and Du Quoin fire crews also assisted at the scene. Gielow said the building is considered a total loss.

No one was inside at the time of the fire and no one was injured. The owner of the restaurant left the night before around 11 p.m. and said everything was normal.

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