Fire Devastates Rosebud Restaurant in Naperville

Popular restaurant had to be evacuated

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    Firefighters battled a blaze at a popular restaurant in west suburban Naperville early this afternoon.

    Crews were called to a fire in the kitchen of the Rosebud restaurant in downtown Naperville around noon.

    A witness on the scene said firefighters were seen punching holes in the roof above the kitchen of the restaurant at 48 W. Chicago Ave. and spraying water into the roof.

    Authorities called for a box alarm for the blaze and crews from multiple jurisdiction were helping Naperville crews fight the fire. Smoke was seen billowing out of the restaurant, forming a cloud that was visible over to Jefferson Street to the north.

    Police had the scene blocked off as curious shoppers downtown tried to get a glimpse of the blaze. Traffic was tied-up in the area as Chicago Avenue was closed.

    A bystander at the scene who translated from a Spanish-speaking cook at the restaurant said the cook said the fire began in the kitchen. He said staff tried to put out the fire but it got worse and the stove started on fire.

    The restaurant's owner was on the scene but declined to comment to a Sun reporter.

    Rosebud Italian Specialties and Pizzaria opened in 1993 in the heart of downtown Naperville. This spring, the restaurant went back to its roots with a new menu of Italian specialties.