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$1M Building Fire in Green Bay Likely Electrical Accident

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – A fire that destroyed a 128-year-old downtown building Nov. 5 was an accident, according to fire officials who also said that the building’s electrical system couldn’t be ruled out as a potential cause.

The fire started in a space between the first and second story that ran the length of the building at 101 S. Chestnut Ave. It likely was burning for hours before being discovered, Green Bay Fire Department Capt. Chris Heil said Thursday.

The electrical system is the only source that could have created a spark or heat in that area, but investigators could not pinpoint an exact problem wire, Heil said.

The case has been turned over to an insurance company, and an electrical engineer may make a finding today.

The building is a total loss and the damage is expected to be more than $1 million. The building housed eight apartments and Super Saver Liquor Store. The fire injured one man and displaced 16 people.

Fire crews said they were able to protect neighboring buildings from fire loss and damage.

The Green Bay Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire in cooperation with the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Department of Criminal Investigation.

The fire department noted that a resident made it out of the building alive after re-entering to claim some personal possessions. Fire officials noted that re-entering a burning building should never be an option.

Story via GreenBayPressGazzette.com

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