After receiving multiple 9-1-1- calls, Skokie firefighters responded to a fire at Basha Middle Eastern Grill at about 6:35 a.m. Monday, and found flames in the back of the restaurant, which they extinguished by 7 a.m., according to a statement by Deputy Chief Barry Liss of the Skokie Fire Department.
Morton Grove and Evanston firefighters assisted on the scene, as did Skokie police, for a total of 29 responders.
Basha is located in the center of the strip mall, and other tenants, including two hair salons, a bakery and a tutoring service--all had heavy smoke damage, the statement said. However, all were able to open on time at 9 a.m., Liss' statement said.
Firefighters estimated $50,000 worth of damage to the structure, and $100,000 worth of damage to the contents in the structure.
A sign was posted on the door of Basha Middle Eastern Grill advising customers the restaurant would be closed from Sept. 23 to Oct. 4 for vacation.
The Skokie Fire and Police Departments are investigating the cause of the blaze.