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Fire at Eau Claire bar causes $200K worth of damage Monday

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 6:12 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Eau Claire Fire Department is estimating there is $200,000 worth of damage at The Alibi Lounge in Eau Claire.

The department says they were dispatched to a structure fire at 4:27 a.m. They were originally reporting to Advanced Auto Parts when the Eau Claire Communications Center advised crews that the correct location was 2112 South Esmond Road, also known as The Alibi Lounge.

Callers reported an explosion with smoke and fire visible inside the building.

When fire crews arrived, they saw a large amount of smoke and fire coming from multiple sides of the building. The fire was eventually contained and extinguished.

A daytime view of the damage done to The Alibi Lounge in Eau Claire from a Monday morning fire.
A daytime view of the damage done to The Alibi Lounge in Eau Claire from a Monday morning fire.(Jimmie Kaska/WEAU)
A daytime view of the damage done to The Alibi Lounge in Eau Claire from a Monday morning fire.
A daytime view of the damage done to The Alibi Lounge in Eau Claire from a Monday morning fire.(Jimmie Kaska/WEAU)

The department says one firefighter experienced a medical emergency and was taken to a local hospital.

The exact cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation.

A bar on Eau Claire’s east side has been heavily damaged in a fire.

Multiple crews responded to The Alibi Lounge on Esmond Road near the intersection of Hastings Way and Clairemont Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Visible flames from the bar could be seen on the WEAU Skycam, which is located across the street. Firefighters attacked the fire from the roof as smoke billowed from the building for more than an hour.

Heavy smoke and flames coming from a building near S Hastings Way. Our reporter on the scene believes the smoke is coming out of The Alibi Lounge. #HelloWisconsin has the latest.

Posted by Tyler Mickelson WEAU on Monday, May 3, 2021

Nearly a dozen emergency vehicles surrounded the building, with Eau Claire police blocking off access from Hastings Way onto Pleasant Street.

There is no word on whether anyone was inside the building at the time of the fire, or the amount of damage done.

The Alibi Bar in Eau Claire caught on fire Monday morning.
The Alibi Bar in Eau Claire caught on fire Monday morning.(WEAU)

City of Eau Claire dispatchers say they received multiple reports about the fire.

No cause of the fire has been given.

Eau Claire Fire Department Deputy Chief Allyn Bertrang said the fire is still under investigation.

“We have a duty to determine the cause and the origin of the fire and so our investigator is working on that and working with our personnel and we’ll determine that to the best of our ability,” he said.

Bertrang did not give a timeline for when the investigation would be completed.

WEAU will provide updates on this developing story.

Map of The Alibi Lounge 050321
Map of The Alibi Lounge 050321(WEAU)

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