Skrine Chops in Forest Park catches fire; cause unknown

Firefighters were cleaning up aftermath of fire that raged for hours


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By Nick Moroni

Forest Park Review Editor

Skrine Chops, 7230 Madison St., a popular restaurant known for its pork chops, caught fire early Friday morning and at least part of the building was destroyed in the flames.

The cause of the fire is not known at this point, but Fire Chief Steve Glinke said that investigators are currently still at the scene trying to determine what happened. He did say, though, that the fire started in the rear of the restaurant.

"It worked its way up the stairs, got underneath the roof and then ran the length of the building," said Glinke, adding "the second-floor roof burned through."

According to Glinke, a police officer noticed the fire at 3:37 a.m., while patrolling the area, at which point the officer notified the fire department.

Firefighters managed to get the building under control within an hour, said Glinke. By late morning, though, firefighters and public works crews were still cleaning debris from the streets and the sidewalks.

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Eric Brightfield  

Posted: September 8th, 2011 10:00 AM

Oh my god, I must have missed this, just saw it in the TribLocal. What a shock and a crying shame, our favorite restaurant, and Steve and Mary are good friends and neighbors, Steve personally delivered catering at our house. a great success story, I have no doubt they will overcome this and comeback stronger as we had recently discussed his plans for an outdoor area to the on the east side. If you need any help Steve just let us all know. and those aren't just words.

Kevin from Brookfield  

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 3:42 PM

Steve, et. al. My thoughts are with you and your families.

julie & hattie  

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 3:10 PM

We agree with TheCramers,"Skrine Chops ... is "beloved." The Skrines have helped so many people, 4-leggeds, businesses, non-profits and the list goes on. We can't wait to eat with them again, at the Newer Skrine Chops. :)

Diane Krstulovich from Oak Park  

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 2:50 PM

I saw that lightening. Strangest thing - it did not repeat and no thunder. Thought I was imagining it. Skrines was a GREAT host to the local MS bike team, enthusiastic multi-year participants and the world's most terrific people. Now that you've had the misfortune to come face-to-face with the local fire department, please take a moment to check out the "Engine Two Diet" by Austin Firefighter, Rip Esselstyn. He and his company (and dad) are changing the world with mega-healthy foods. Cool.

sheila martinotti from oak park   

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 12:14 PM

this is total devastation for the Skrines-the nicest, kindest family. We need to rally around them. Lets hold a Rebuild fundraiser!

TheCramers from Oak Park  

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 11:42 AM

Skrine Chops is not just "popular" it is "beloved." Steve and Mary Rita Skrine are absolutely wonderful people and we were just taken aback to hear about this horrible turn of events. Let's hope that the Skrines are able to rebuild and get back to cooking their wonderful BBQ and amazing blue cheese potato salad!!

andy from saint louis, mo  

Posted: September 2nd, 2011 11:40 AM

Man what a shame i hope that Steve can and will rebuild. This place had the best Chops and Mash potatos.

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