Fire leads to hotel/restaurant evacuation in Lake Geneva

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Gazette staff
Thursday, September 26, 2013

LAKE GENEVA—The Cove Resort and Sprecher's Restaurant were evacuated as a fire did serious damage to a kitchen on Thursday morning, the Lake Geneva Fire Department reported.

No injuries were reported. The fire appears to be accidental, as there were no indications that it was set, and it started in the exhaust hood in the kitchen, said the department's Capt. Mark Moeller-Gunderson.

The cause, however, remains under investigation, the department said in a news release.

Moeller-Gunderson said the department usually does not give damage estimates.

The alarm at the multistory building at 111 Center St. went off at 7:55 a.m.  The first arriving police officer reported smoke coming from the roof. The building houses both the hotel and restaurant.

Firefighters attacked the fire in the kitchen and on the roof, according to a news release.

Mutual aid came from fire companies from the city of Delavan, town of Delavan, Elkhorn, Lyons, Linn, Walworth, Williams Bay and Sharon.

All units were back in quarters at 11:15 am.

Assistant Chief Patrick Heindl stated in the news release that working sprinklers and smoke detectors made a big difference in notification and fighting the fire.

The Lake Geneva Fire Department offers to install smoke detectors free of charge.

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