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Quincy Fire Dept. investigating fire at Sprout's Inn site

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The Quincy Police Department is still investigating the cause of a fire that started early Sunday morning inside the new Sprout's Inn.  

The original restaurant burned down last year in June. From the outside, it doesn't look like there's much damage. But on the inside are the remains of a small fire. Joan Shaffer's father built the original Sprout's Inn and as she looked at the damage, she said this fire brings up bad memories. 

"It hurts. To have to remember that all again and see what's going on now. I don't understand," she said.  

As neighbors watched the Police Department bag up evidence, Quincy Fire Department Assistant Chief James Pioch says investigators believe this fire didn't start by itself. 

"We had investigators out there, our fire investigators looking at what could have caused it and they couldn't find any accidental causes. No electricity, nothing in the area that would've contributed to that, so whatever caused it whether it was intentional or accidental, had to have a person being involved," said Pioch.  

While the investigation is still ongoing, Pioch said he wouldn't be surprised if this was done intentionally.

"For the simple reason that they found wood had burned inside that had burned and also three separate pieces of lumber outside that had burned, so that was out upon our arrival. And anytime something starts in more than one spot, it makes you wonder," Pioch said. 

Shaffer agrees, she's convinced this wasn't an accident. 

"It's devastating. Who would even do something like that? Do they have a grudge or doing it just for fun?" she asked. 

Investigators with the Quincy Police Department are also gathering evidence to determine the cause.

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