Fire destroys businesses, apartments in downtown Tomah

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT)- A fire in downtown Tomah early Sunday morning destroyed at least two buildings and severely damaged a third, according to the city’s mayor.

Mayor Mike Murray recorded video of the fire during a Facebook Live.

Tomah Fire Chief Tim Adler tells News 8 Now, “We had somebody in the neighborhood that noticed there was some smoke and a gentleman hanging out of the front window of the 2nd floor building and from there the call came out for fire to respond.”

The fire department was dispatched at 4:53 a.m.

Two people were in the building when firefighters arrived on scene.

Adler says the fire destroyed Dimensions Bar and the Artisan Market buildings. There are also at least two apartments above Dimensions bar that were destroyed.

They are investigating the extent of the damage to surrounding businesses including Blado Dentistry (Winning Smiles Dentistry), the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center, and a few others.

Chief Adler did update an earlier statement that said there were no injuries he was aware of.

He did confirm that a man was taken to Tomah Health. He was unsure the extent of his injuries but the man has been released from the hospital.

Oakdale and Fort McCoy Fire Departments are providing mutual aid.

Chief Adler says he expects they will be on scene all day Sunday and possibly into Monday.

Superior Ave. between E Monowau St. and E Council St., as well as some side streets, remain closed as firefighters continue working on the fire.

This is a developing story and we will pass along more information as it becomes available.