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Authorities Investigate Cause of Fire at The Knapp House


DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - Authorities in western Wisconsin are still trying to determine what started a fire that destroyed a landmark restaurant.

The Knapp House went up in flames early Wednesday in the small Dunn County village of Knapp. Menomonie Fire Chief Jack Baus said a couple people saw smoke on their way to work, and they entered the building to save owner Rick Bloomfield. He was not injured.

Baus said the fire was centered in the attic, which made it hard to put out. And it spread once it burned through the roof. He said firefighters tried to enter the structure – but the heat and heavy smoke pushed them back. 10 other fire departments helped get the blaze under control.

The Knapp House was built in the 1940’s and had a number of owners over the years. Village Board President Ron Finder says it’s a huge loss for Knapp, which has fewer than 500 residents.