Bar Owner With Thing For Christmas Lights Gets Scrooged Over

Steve Miller
January 10, 2019 - 7:45 pm

courtesy: Goal Line Sports Bar/Bob Bless

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CRYSTAL LAKE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Crystal Lake bar that adorns its interior with thousands of Christmas lights and decorations every year has been ordered to take most of them down following a complaint that all the baubles were a fire hazard.

The lights go up in late November and get taken down after January at the Goal Line Sports Bar.

Usually. This year, somebody complained to the fire department. 

"Maybe he doesn't like Christmas. Maybe he's miserable. I don't know,” bar owner Bob Bless says of the complainant.

He said he’s not upset with the fire department, which is just doing its job.

Paul DeRaedt is the fire chief.

"You're looking at combustible decorative materials. When you're dealing with that inside of a business, you're only able to have 10 percent of a specific wall or ceiling area to which the materials are attached,” he explained.

courtesy: Goal Line Sports Bar/Bob Bless

Bless concedes his bar decorations exceeded that. In the future, he said, he'll concentrate on the exterior.

Still, he said, everybody loved all the inside decorations, so why would somebody rat him out?

"Well, at least he waited until after Christmas, right?"