June 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Detroit coney island destroyed in fire

Detroit The Detroit Fire Department Arson Squad has ruled out an explosion in the fiery destruction of a long established coney island on the citys west side early Monday morning.

Our investigators have determined that it was a straight fire and not an explosion, said Arson Chief Charles Simms about the blaze at Jacks Coney Island, located in the 20000 block of West Seven Mile.

We havent yet determined the cause of the fire and were still looking for a point of origin.

Owner Jack Nuculaj said he got a call from the alarm company shortly after what was initially believed to be an explosion.

Weve been here since 1988, said Nuculaj, 56, of Novi. Its 100 percent destroyed. I dont know what to do next. I dont know if I will rebuild. Its too early to tell.

Early Monday morning, inspectors from DTE Energy Co. were digging on site, turning off gas lines while firefighters put out hot spots.

There was no damage to buildings on either side of the coney island.

Were a neighborhood coney, and Id say 80 percent of my customers are regulars, Nuculaj said. Were closed on Sundays, but we were supposed to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. Thankfully no one was here when it happened.

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A 2 a.m. blast leveled Jack's Coney Island, located in the 20000 block of W. Seven Mile, in Detroit on Monday. Owner Jack Nuculaj walks through the damage. / David Coates / The Detroit News