The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

September 19, 2013

BREAKING: Fire closes Ruby Tuesday in Athens


A Thursday-evening fire at Ruby Tuesday off U.S. 72 East in Athens has closed the restaurant pending investigation.

Athens Fire Department received a call at approximately 7:30 p.m. of a fire at the Athens eatery near the I-65 exit at mile marker 351. 

According to scanner traffic, flames were showing from the building when crews arrived, however their response was impeded by electrical equipment inside of the wall where the fire was located. All employees were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported.

Fire Chief Tony Kirk said the flames were deep inside a wall on the southwest side, and his department had to wait for Athens Utilities to shut off the current flowing to the building. The next step was tearing out parts of the structure to make sure all flames were doused. Athes Fire reported the fire out at 8:08 p.m.

Ruby Tuesday Area Director Charlie Eblen said he did not have comments at this time, but hoped to have the matter resolved quickly so the restaurant could open again quickly.

Kirk added a state fire investigator would be on scene Thursday night to determine the cause of the incident. 


Text Only
Local News


Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

None of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee