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$30,000 worth of damage reported after a fire at the Hamburg Inn No. 2 in Iowa City

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An iconic restaurant in Iowa City is evaluating the damage after a fire early Sunday morning.

It happened just after 1 a.m. to the building that houses the Hamburg Inn No. 2 and apartments on North Linn Street.

Crews found heavy smoke in the restaurant when they arrived.

Everyone living in the second floor apartments were out of the building when crews got there.

Firefighters say the fire started in the basement, but an exact cause remains under investigation.

“It's extensive downstairs, said restaurant owner David Panther. “I’m thinking it took out the plumbing, it took out all the electrical, our POS system wiring.”

The restaurant is known for its coffee bean caucus during political seasons and has been a frequent host to potential presidential candidates over the years.

Panther says he’s waiting to see if any of the political memorabilia inside made it through without serious damage.

“This was making out to be our best sales week that we've had, almost forever,” said Panther. “So it'll hurt there. We just have to deal with it now, and make it better when we open back up.”

Panther says he expects the restaurant to remain closed for at least three to four weeks.

This not the first fire for the Hamburg Inn, in 1994 they experienced a more serious fire. 

Sunday's fire caused $30,000 in damage.

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