Fire struck a Clinton business early Wednesday morning.
The Clinton Fire Department responded to Wimbley's East End Grill on Route 54 in Clinton just after 4 o'clock Wednesday morning. Fire Chief Shawn Milton indicates they were alerted to smoke and fire coming from the building by a passerby. He says crews were able to quickly locate and extinguish the blaze, and no one was injured in the incident.
About 15 firefighters were on scene, with departments from Kenney, Wapella, and Maroa called in for mutual aid. According to Chief Milton, the fire is not believed to be suspicious, however the State Fire Marshall's Office is being called in to investigate.
Chief Milton credits the local firefighters for putting their training to good use, and limiting the amount of damage done to the establishment.
Wimbley's East End Grill suffered limited fire damage, however the interior of the restaurant sustained heavy smoke and heat damage. The building was not a total loss, but it will be some time before the business is able to serve patrons.
Wimbley's announced via their Facebook page they will be closed until further notice and thanked their patrons for their support.