Happy Joes caught in blaze

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 04, 2011 7:10 AM

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Coralville, North Liberty, and Tiffin Fire Departments worked to put out a fire at Happy Joe’s Restaurant in Coralville Wednesday night. No injuries were reported.

The fire originated in the back of the restaurant’s storage room, and the cause is still being investigated, Assistant Coralville Fire Chief Orey Schwitzer said.

Happy Joe’s, 102 Second Ave., is located on a strip of four other businesses in Coralville, only three of which were open. Schwitzer said the three open businesses were evacuated, and the nearby El Dorado Mexican Restaurant and New Life Community Church sustained smoke damage.

The fire took 30 minutes to extinguish. Schwitzer said the cost of the damage has not been determined.

— by Kendall McCabe

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