MONDAY 6/28/2021 12:40 p.m.
LEDGEVIEW, Wis. (WFRV) – The cause of the fire that had the building housing Chicago Street Pub and New Hope United Methodist Church is undetermined.
According to the Ledgeview Fire Department, the fire originally started in the church. The cause of the fire is undetermined due to the extent of the damage. Authorities believe that it may have been the air handling unit, but the damage is too extensive to confirm.
The Ledgeview Fire Department has completed the investiation.
The owner’s insurance company is now reportedly looking into the fire.
There was no further information available at this time.
UPDATE: Fire crew removes roof to access fire in Dickinson Rd. building, cause unknown
FRIDAY 6/25/2021 10:15 p.m.
DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – Ledgeview Fire Chief Tom Guns tells Local 5 no one was injured after a fire broke out in a Dickinson Rd. building Friday and he’s not sure where the fire started.
Chief Guns explains how the building has three tiers: the main level, a large attic space, and then a steel roof. He says the attic space and steel roof are compromising the department from getting to the fire. As of 9:45 p.m., multiple fire departments are working on removing the upper layer of the building to gain access to the flames.
The fire department chief says smoke and flames were coming out of one of the air handling units on the top of the building when they arrived.
Officials say there were multiple people in the Chicago Street Pub when the fire started, who were evacuated immediately after news of the fire broke out.
“We were sitting at our table, we had just gotten our drinks, and we were gonna eat some popcorn because we had just ordered. And we heard somebody say ‘there’s a fire’ and we didn’t believe it because the last time we were here there was a problem with the popcorn machine. And it was smoking really bad, so we didn’t think it was, but somebody said ‘no, we’re not lying,'” says Anne Stiles, Chicago Street Pub patron.
After everybody got up and left the building, Stiles says police asked everyone to please get in their vehicles and leave. She also mentioned that she saw the smoke coming out of the kitchen and into the bar area as they were exiting the building.
“My heart breaks for them. We’ve all been through so much with COVID and now this. So my heart just breaks for them,” adds Stiles.
Chief Guns explains how the whole operation, putting out the flames and salvage/overhaul, will take a few hours. He asks everyone to stay away from the area until they are done.
Original: Crews battle active fire in De Pere on Dickinson Road
FRIDAY 6/25/2021 6:52 p.m.
DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – Firefighters are battling a large fire in a De Pere building that houses the New Hope United Methodist Church and Chicago Street Pub, Grill & Banquets.
Local 5 has crew members at the scene on the 1900 block of Dickinson Rd. They say the fire seems to be concentrated more on the side near the church.
Local 5 talked to a woman who was in the building at the time of the fire and she says the staff did a great job calmly evacuating everyone from the building as smoke started to pour out.
Firefighters say they have been fighting the fire for roughly an hour and are still working to put out the blaze.
Local 5 will update this article when more information becomes available.