Downtown Whitewater fire causes estimated $300,000 in damage

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Jim Dayton
Saturday, October 7, 2017

WHITEWATER—An early Saturday morning fire at Rosa's Pizza in downtown Whitewater caused extensive damage to the restaurant and surrounding apartments, according to a news release.

The Whitewater Fire Department was dispatched to the restaurant, 180 W. Main St., at 6:10 a.m. after a report of smoke coming from the building's rear. First responders observed heavy smoke and focused on extinguishing the fire, according to the release.

Mutual aid responders evacuated adjacent buildings and rescued animals from a nearby shelter.

The fire was under control within 45 minutes and appears to have started in the restaurant's kitchen, according to the release.

Because the building touches adjacent structures, it was difficult for crews to ventilate the heat and smoke. Firefighters remained on scene for about six hours to work on ventilation.

Whitewater received assistance from Sharon, Delavan, Janesville, East Troy, Jefferson, Cambridge, Lake Mills, Fort Atkinson, La Grange, Darien, Eagle, Edgerton, Elkhorn, Milton, Mukwonago, Palmyra, Troy Center, Hellenville, Rome, North Prairie, Sullivan, Walworth, Medix and the Red Cross.

Damage to the restaurant and apartments was estimated at $300,000, according to the release.

Officials did not speculate on the fire's cause or offer information on whether the building was salvageable.

Last updated: 5:13 pm Saturday, October 7, 2017

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