Early Morning Fire Guts Jefferson Pizza Ranch

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JEFFERSON, Iowa -- An early morning fire in Jefferson caused major damage to a downtown business.

The Jefferson Police Department said a fire broke out just after midnight Wednesday at the Pizza Ranch at 206 North Wilson St.

Fire crews from Churdan, Grand Junction and Carroll assisted Jefferson firefighters in putting out the fire. The fire was put out after a few hours, but crews stayed on scene putting out hot spots until about 9 a.m.

Officials say the interior of the restaurant was severely damaged, but the fire was contained to the building. Three connected businesses suffered heavy smoke damage.

Fire Chief Randy Love said the fire doesn't appear to be suspicious. The State Fire Marshal’s Office will be assisting in the investigation to determine the cause.

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