A Sparta restaurant sustained severe damage after a fire begam in the kitchen.
The Sparta Fire Department spent three hours at the scene of a fire that started at Great Wall Buffet on West Wisconsin Street shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Sparta Fire Chief Mike Arnold said flames were visible coming from the rear of the building when crews arrived. He said the fire caused extensive damage to the kitchen area, while the rest of the building sustained smoke and water damage.
Arnold said the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, and firefighters remained on the scene another three hours checking hot spots.
Two blocks of Wisconsin Street were closed for 2½ hours while firefighters contained the blaze.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The fire department was was assisted by the Sparta Police Department, Fort McCoy Fire Department, Sparta Ambulance Service, Sparta Public Works, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County 911.
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Jerin Rink, 14, of Holmen, navigates through the bumps and berms on his bike at Leuth Park Bicycle Playground and Skate Park.
Dunking it home
La Crosse Central's Terrance Thompson sllam dunks during a Jan. 17 game against Onalaska.
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Black River sunset
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Stephanie Andersen, a colleague of Mayo Health System retiree Sue Lay, attaches a departing message for her co-worker and friend to her windshiel, as part of a COVID-19 safe send off.
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David Johnson of La Crosse plays in the snow with his Labrador retriever at Forest Hills Golf Course.
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Pedaling through petals
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