UPDATE – Fire At Historic Convent
UPDATE…..Here’s the press release from Fond du Lac Fire-Rescue
Fire Destroys Three Story Abandoned Convent
Fond du Lac, WI: On June 5, 2015, at 7:23 p.m. FDLFR responded to a report of a fire at an abandoned convent at 101 E. Division Street. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy black smoke coming from the roof with heavy fire on the rear side of the structure. Fond du Lac fire crews were deployed to all sides of the structure with a defensive fire attack. A MABAS Box Alarm to the third level was called to bring in Fond du Lac off-duty firefighters and area fire departments to assist with on-scene needs and station coverage.
Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue will be on scene for the remainder of the night to overhaul hot spots and continue fire watch. There is no known cause of the fire and investigators will be working tomorrow morning in an attempt to determine the cause. Alliant Energy was called to the scene and secured electrical services. Police officers were on-scene and provided scene safety and assisted with initial fire investigation. The Red Cross was on scene to provide assistance to the firefighters and officers. There were no injuries reported.
Multiple fire departments are on the scene of a fire at the old convent at the corner of Division and Amory in downtown Fond du Lac. Fond du Lac Fire-Rescue Chief Peter O’Leary says they arrived on the scene early Friday night to find heavy fire coming from the roof and the rear of the building was completely on fire. He says there was a partial collapse of the roof on the building and the inside has sustained heavy damage. O’Leary says that they were able to protect homes around the convent from sustaining any major damage. He adds there were no reported injuries and fire crews will be on the scene for quite some time. O’Leary tells KFIZ News that over 100 firefighters from around 20 area departments are assisting at the scene. To watch a video of Chief O’Leary talk with KFIZ News Click here.
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