Massive fire destroys former Hook's restaurant
The popular restaurant operated for decades until it was closed in 2010
A London landmark was destroyed by fire Tuesday night.
Approximately 35 firefighters fought the blaze in London's south end at Wharncliffe Road and Southdale Road.
The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. and black smoke could be seen billowing from the building throughout much of London.
Firefighters were at the scene until 4 a.m. Tuesday, took a break and then were back to battle hot spots at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
"Last night we had an excavator in to try to get at the seed of the fire," said Deputy fire chief Jack Burt on Wednesday morning.
"It was a very stubborn fire for us to get at. It was a very old building, from 1931, a lot of dry wood, some additions on the inside...when that stuff caves in on the fire it traps the heat and allows the fire to propagate."
The blaze sent onlookers to the scene.
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Said Youssef, manager of Golden Lake Fish and Chips restaurant across the street, said the fire was massive.
"All I'm seeing is dark smoke," said Youssef.
Randy Gallen use to work at Hook's until it closed. He came to see the damage Wednesday night.
"It was a good place to work," Gallen said.
Because there's nothing left of the building, the Ontario Fire Marshall is unlikely to investigate. London police officers were at the scene this morning and are working with firefighters to determine to cause of the fire.
No one was in the building at the time of the fire. It was vacant and and under construction.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Nearby Tiger Jack's Bar and Grill was not affected by the fire.