Fire in downtown Kenosha
At 3:30 p.m. p.m., Kenosha Fire Department is fighting a fire in a building in the 5700 block of Eighth Avenue, Kenosha. Initial report said smoke was showing from the roof of the building.
UPDATE 4 p.m. — A hole in floor of second floor of building detected, per scanner traffic. Building is former Heritage House and Elks Club. It has been vacant and largely unused for years.
UPDATE 4:14 p.m. — Truck 7 being dispatched to scene. Not clear how much other equipment is already on scene.
UPDATE 4:16 p.m. — Engine 4 also at the scene.
UPDATE 4:18 p.m. — Pleasant Prairie, Bristol, Somers and Salem Fire/Rescue being dispatched for mutual aid to cover Kenosha stations.
UPDATE 5:25 p.m. — One of the Pleasant Prairie engines that was covering a Kenosha station is being dispatched to the fire scene.
UPDATE 5:30 p.m. — Randall Fire Department being dispatched to cover a Kenosha Station.
UPDATE 5:33 p.m. — Scanner traffic indicates that companies being moved into position for overhaul, which is the process of making sure the fire is out inside the building, protecting evidence and protect and secure the scene.
UPDATE about 6:30 p.m. — Freelance photographer Earlene Frederick spoke to a fire department official at the scene that said at that time firefighters were still working to put out the smoldering fire.
UPDATE 7:21 p.m. — Some fire units being sent back to stations.
UPDATE 8:20 p.m. — Most fire units sent back to quarters and mutual aid units released, but there is still equipment and personnel on scene.
UPDATE 8:39 p.m. — All units clearing scene and building is secure, reports fire commander to dispatch.
Note: Other updates with additional info also being posted at WGTD’s Facebook page. But come back and keep checking here too. — DH
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