MONDAY 2/28/2021 1:10 p.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – One of the tenants of Butch’s Bar has been officially charged for his alleged role in the fire that killed two people.

According to authorities, 57-year-old Anthony Gonzales was officially charged in Door County Court. He reportedly tried to get his bond amount lowered, but the judge refused.

A preliminary hearing is in the process of being scheduled.

There was no additional information at this time, Local 5 will continue to update this story.

Update: Tenant claims fatal Butch’s Bar fire was accident

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The tenant, who was arrested in connection with the deadly fire at Butch’s Bar on Tuesday, claimed in court that the fire was an accident.

Fifty-seven-year-old Anthony Gonzalez appeared in court on Friday afternoon for his initial bond hearing.

According to the District Attorney, Gonzalez alleges that he accidentally spilled lighter fluid on his bed and then proceeded to light a cigarette resulting in his bed starting on fire.

Gonzalez told officials that after the fire started, he tried putting it out using a fire extinguisher to no avail.

Gonzalez denied being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances during the incident and said he tried to get everyone out of the building.

Gonzalez was reportedly out on bond for multiple cases at the time of the fire and is now being held on a $250,000 bond. Gonzalez is due back in court on Monday.

District Attorney Colleen Nordin has recommended Gonzalez be charged with the following counts:

  • Two counts of Reckless Homicide
  • Five counts of Recklessly Endangering Safety

Local 5 will continue to update this story as it progresses.

UPDATE: Butch’s Bar tenant arrested after fatal fire

FRIDAY 2/25/2022 12:31 p.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) -A tenant of Butch’s Bar has been arrested in connection with the deadly fire that took place on Tuesday.

According to the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, after further investigation police have arrested 57-year-old Anthony Gonzalez in connection with the fire. Police confirmed that Gonzalez was a tenant of Butch’s Bar at the time of the fire.

Gonzalez has received the following felony charges:

  • Two counts of Second Degree Reckless Homicide
  • Seven counts of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety

He is currently being held at the Door County Jail and his bond hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The fire, which occurred on Tuesday, killed two people and sent one person to a Milwaukee burn center.

The identities of those killed have not yet been released. Local 5 will continue updating this story as it progresses.

Update: 2 confirmed dead after fire at Butch’s Bar

THURSDAY 2/24/2022 4:44 p.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Sturgeon Bay police have discovered a second body in the rubble left after the fatal fire at Butch’s Bar on Tuesday.

According to Sturgeon Bay Police Department, officers found the body of a man on Thursday, bringing the number of total deaths to two.

The man is believed to have been the tenant that had been reported ‘unaccounted for’ on Thursday morning.

Authorities confirmed that the victim’s remains will be taken to Madison for a positive identification.

Police said they will be releasing the names of both victims once positive identifications have been made and the next of kin have been contacted.

Officials added that the raising of the structure can now be complete and the streets will reopen once the debris and ice have been cleared.

UPDATE: Tenant remains unaccounted for after fatal fire at Butch’s Bar

THURSDAY 2/24/2022 11:31 a.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Sturgeon Bay Police Department says they are actively searching for one more tenant who remains unaccounted for after the fatal fire that took place in Butch’s Bar on Tuesday.

According to the department, all but one tenant have been accounted for as they continue to investigate the early morning fire that, as of now, has produced one fatality.

Officials have confirmed that they are currently working to develop a plan to safely enter other areas of the structure to complete a thorough search of the debris.

Authorities added that the Temporary Flight Restriction for all drone operators remains in place at this time.

UPDATE: Heavy equipment called to Butch’s Bar, hope to remove body

WEDNESDAY 2/23/2022 10:06 a.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The investigation into the fire at Butch’s Bar is ongoing, and authorities say multiple citizens were asked to leave the area yesterday as they were inside the protected area.

According to the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, the investigation into what caused the fire at Butch’s Bar is still ongoing. The State Fire Marshall is reportedly on the scene.

Authorities hope to remove the body without compromising the safety of the investigation team. Heavy equipment has been called in to collapse the walls, if necessary.

The Medical Examiner’s office is on stand-by for the release of the victim. Officials say they hope to do a more thorough search of the scene.

The Sturgeon Bay Police Department says that multiple citizens, as well as some media, were inside the protected area.

More information will be released at a later date.

UPDATE: Body found among rubble of Butch’s Bar

TUESDAY 2/22/2022 1:58 p.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Police say a body was discovered in the rubble of Butch’s Bar, following an early morning Tuesday fire.

According to the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, a single body was found in the rubble. Authorities say that it is not known when the identification will take place.

One of the issues is the integrity of the building, which is making it hard for crews to search.

No additional information was provided, Local 5 will continue to update this story.

UPDATE: Fire crews still on scene, searching for those unaccounted for

TUESDAY 2/22/2022 11:40 a.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Sturgeon Bay officials have given an update regarding the fire at a local bar that had 20 living quarters above it.

According to officials, nine fire departments responded to the fire and the Department of Criminal Investigation and fire marshalls are on scene investigating.

The owner of the bar said that of the 20 rooms, 9 were occupied but at this time not all residents are accounted for and officials are working to find their whereabouts.

One patient was taken to the hospital and their condition is unknown at this time.

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At this time, businesses in the two-block radius that is closed can be accessed by foot, but not by vehicle. There is no word on how long the area will be closed.

Fire officials say they are worried about additional walls collapsing. There is no indication as to where the fire started or how.

Local 5 will continue to update this story when more information becomes available.

UPDATE: One sent to hospital, ‘several’ unaccounted for after fire at Butch’s Bar

TUESDAY 2/22/2022 9:56 a.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – An early morning fire at Butch’s Bar in Sturgeon Bay sent one to the hospital, and roads are still blocked near the area.

According to officials, the fire started around 3:40 a.m. Both the second floor and the roof collapsed.

One person has been sent to a hospital, and ‘several’ others are unaccounted for at this time. The roads around Butch’s Bar are blocked for about a two-block radius.

No first responders were reportedly injured from the incident. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

No additional information was provided, Local 5 will continue to update this story.

ORIGINAL: Crews battle fire at Butch’s Bar in Sturgeon Bay

TUESDAY 2/22/2022 6:48 a.m.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Multiple fire crews responded to a bar in Sturgeon Bay that is reportedly on fire.

Video from Let’s Go Door County shows that multiple firefighters are on the scene at Butch’s Bar. There is no information on the cause of the fire or if there are any injuries.

Local 5 will continue to update this story as more details are provided.