1 injured, Rusty Bucket closed after ceiling collapses

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1 injured, Rusty Bucket closed after ceiling collapses

A diner was injured Saturday when part of the ceiling collapsed at the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern by the Dayton Mall.

The person was taken by life squad to Sycamore Hospital and the restaurant, at 2812 Miamisburg Centerville Road, was closed after the 4 p.m.. incident.

The ceiling tiles fell when the restaurant was packed, and it surprised the people inside, said Battalion Chief Glenn Jirka of the Miami Valley Fire District.

Jirka said there were a few injuries, but nothing major, and it doesn't appear that the collapse was caused by heavy rains.

"Basically a suspended false ceiling, a portion of it had fallen down into the restaurant," Jirka said. "There's a little bit of damage inside where the ceiling tile came down, but we're confident it will be able to cleaned up and opened up pretty quick."

Jirka said the one person taken to the hospital didn't appear to have any life-threatening injuries, but the ceiling material can be surprisingly heavy.

"Especially if you weren't expecting to get hit by it," he said. "It can weigh 20, 30 pounds ... While the stuff in this restaurant didn't appear to be wet, it's pretty thick and it's got a little bit of weight to it."

The Rusty Bucket recently underwent extensive renovations and was closed for three weeks starting in August.

The $600,000 worth of work involved updating a three-sided bar and adding 12 draft-beer taps, adding a large-screen projection TV and updating an all-season patio with heaters and a fireplace.

Other additions included a private dining room for eight guests, new wood tables and chairs, black leather booths and upgraded lighting.

Rusty Bucket, founded in 2002 in Columbus, operates in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana and recently opened its 15th location in Mason.

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