UPDATE: Massive fire investigation turned over to State Fire Marshal

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Update: 04/25/2019 6:50 p.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) The De Pere Fire Department has confirmed the fire investigation which destroyed a historic restaurant and damaged other area businesses on Wednesday morning on April 24, has been handed over to the State Fire Marshal.

De Pere Fire Chief Alan Matzke says the investigation was handed over to state officials because of the size of the fire and the amount of damage leftover. 

He added the amount of residents affected by the fire was another reason the investigation was given to state officials.

Original: 04/24/2019 5:33 a.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) Everyone is safe following a massive fire at Ogan’s Restaurant on Broadway Street. The De Pere Fire Department says the call came in just before 12:30 Wednesday morning.

The building is considered a total loss and 20 people have been affected, but all of them, including their pets, are safe.

The building eventually collapsed and officials say that Broadway Street and possibly Front Street will be closed until Thursday. 

Firefighters had to pull at least 6,000 gallons of water from the Fox River to help put the fire out. 

Both the north and southbound lanes of Wis 32 at Williams Street have been closed until further notice. 

The Red Cross is assisting those affected. 

This is a developing story, stay with Local 5 for updates.


Crews are currently battling a structure fire in the City of De Pere.

According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, it started at around 12:50 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

Authorities have closed both the north and southbound lanes of WIS 32 at Williams Street until further notice.

Local 5 will have more information on this developing story on Local 5 This Morning at 5 a.m.

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