Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The owners of the Maple Tree Inn restaurant in Blue Island’s historic district vowed to reopen after an early morning fire Friday caused extensive damage to the business. The call came in at about 2:45 a.m., and firefighters from several surrounding communities assisted in battling the blaze, according to Blue Island Fire Chief Dan Reda.

The owners’ family lives in an apartment above the restaurant, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave., and they were able to escape the fire safely. The building sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage. The fire was out by 6 a.m. and crews were working on a ruptured gas line.