Just in time to be likely gearing up for a busy holiday weekend marking the unofficial summer kickoff, a popular Johnson County bar and restaurant reportedly suffered "substantial damage" from a fire early Saturday morning. Fortunately, KWWL reports that no one was inside the bar at the time of the fire.

Solon Fire Dept.
Solon Fire Dept.

Shuey's Restaurant and Lounge, located at 1158 Club Rd. NE made a post on Facebook Saturday morning:

On Saturday afternoon, the Jefferson Monroe Fire Department, a volunteer fire department near Swisher, reported on their response, which was assisted by agencies from Cedar Rapids, Ely, North Liberty, Solon, and Fairfax, as well as Area Ambulance Service and the Johnson County Sheriff's office:

A further post from the Shueyville, Iowa: Neighbors, Friends, Residents & Businesses Sharing Page on Facebook shared a photo from the inside of the bar.

It's unknown what caused the fire at this time, and the incident is still under investigation. We will keep you posted on this breaking story as further developments arise.

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Firefighters have been kept quite busy in Eastern Iowa in the past month, after several high-profile blazes have been reported, including at a Vinton park, a downtown Cedar Rapids boutique, and another favorite small-town watering hole in Clayton County. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department alone reportedly responded to what it called an "abnormally busy" volume of fire calls for a single day earlier this month, prompting them to reiterate several safety reminders.

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