Norwalk bar destroyed in fire

 

The Place Fire

The Place Fire
Picture 1 of 39

The early moments of the fire (photo courtesy of Barb Ornes)

 

UPDATED 9:38 p.m. Friday

A suspected electrical fire consumed The Place in Norwalk on Thursday.

Starting in the late afternoon, the fire appeared to have begun in a wall and quickly reached the attic, according to witnesses. About 10 patrons were in the bar when the fire broke out; Barb Von Ruden, an employee of Community State Bank, which is next door, first saw flames and notified the bar customers. Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which was called in at 4:29 p.m.

The Norwalk, Wilton, Ontario, Sparta, Tomah and Oakdale fire departments responded to the fire, as did the Wilton Police Department, the Wilton Ambulance Service, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Monroe County Highway Department, Muehlenkamp Excavating, Madison Gas, and Xcel Energy. In all, about 50 firefighters were on the scene, said Norwalk Police Chief Jim Stoikes. 

Emergency personnel left the scene at 11:21 p.m., Stoikes noted, after using about 200,000 gallons of water. 

The Cunitz family owns The Place and ran a tavern out of the building for decades. An investigation into the fire is set for Saturday morning. 

Built in 1903, the upstairs of the building once had been used as gymnasium space for basketball games and roller skating.

A GoFundMe page for the Cunitz family is available at www.gofundme.com/the-place-fire-relief-fund.

♦ ♦ ♦ 

The upper front wall collapses. (Video courtesy of Barb Ornes)

The side wall is torn down. 

 

Comments are closed.

  • Book review: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama

    January 10th, 2019
    by

    Michelle Obama is the product of the South Side of Chicago and parents who valued their children’s education above all else.


    Book review: ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand

    January 4th, 2019
    by

    “Atlas Shrugged” is the story of what happens if the “prime movers” of society go on strike. Hank Rearden was a titan in the steel business.


    Vernon County WIC to issue benefit renewals in January

    January 4th, 2019
    by

    The Vernon County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will issue benefits at the following locations.


    Book review: ‘The Reivers’ by William Faulkner

    December 20th, 2018
    by

    Being between library books, I scanned my bookshelf. There was a copy of “The Reivers” that I had bought for 95 cents while in college.


    N-O-W second-graders compose odes to the season

    December 20th, 2018
    by

    Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School second-graders wrote the following poems highlighting their favorite parts of the holiday season


  • Rest in peace, Mr. Owl

    December 20th, 2018
    by

    Lots of our readers were pulling for the great horned owl found shot in Wilton two months ago.


    Downtown Ontario building damaged in fire

    December 20th, 2018
    by

    An Ontario building at the corner of Main and Garden streets was severely damaged late Dec. 12.


    Book review: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon

    December 12th, 2018
    by

    One of the fringe benefits of watching the PBS series “Great American Reads” is learning about a book that you just must read.


    Alternate-side parking the focus of Norwalk Village Board meeting

    December 12th, 2018
    by

    After several months of contentious meetings, relative harmony reigned at Tuesday evening’s Norwalk Village Board meeting, at which a long and labored conversation unfolded on the topic of alternate-side parking.


    Marking the season: Kendall love lights

    December 12th, 2018
    by

    The Kendall Public Library sold love lights this fall, with the proceeds going toward the library’s expansion/remodeling project.


    Sparta shop donates 32 handmade quilts to Falcon Food Pantry

    December 12th, 2018
    by

    The Sparta Quilt Shop recently donated 32 quilts to the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District, creating them for families that use the Falcon Food Pantry.


  • Local Weather

  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Archives