EAGAN, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — A restaurant in Eagan is closed after a large fire burned a two-story deck.

The Eagan Fire Department reports firefighters responded about 5:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of a deck on fire at the Cherokee Sirloin Room on Nichols Road.

Jim Casper, co-owner of the restaurant, said the firefighters believe the fire started in a flower pot, likely caused by a cigarette butt.

He said the fire started outside and moved in, where it damaged the east wall of the bar. The entire structure suffered heavy smoke and water damage.

Firefighters arrived and found the two-story deck on fire. Crews from Eagan’s five fire stations along with one unit from Burnsville responded to the scene.

Casper believes someone walking by saw the fire and called police around 5:30 a.m.

There were no injuries. The business was not occupied at the time and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The business is closed until further notice. Casper said he hopes to re-open in a month or so. The business’ other location in West St. Paul is still open.

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Comments (2)
  1. Butts are us says:

    For all of the smokers out there….this is why it is very important to use a proper receptacle for your butts. Walk two more steps and put your cigarettes in the proper place…not the ground or in a flower pot. Just think if the resturant and bar would have been full of patrons!

    Many times the potting medium is comprised of organic matter that is also flamable. Plus, it is fall and the plants are dry….great kindling for a major fire!

    Best of luck to the Casper family in rebuilding their business!

    1. Pate says:

      I agree with you totally. I’ve seen people continuously toss their still-smoldering butts onto the ground,out car windows,and into places that can catch fire-planters,flower pots,plastic buckets.Not only is it a sickening mess but a hazard.For Pete’s Sake,just quit!

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