3 hurt in downtown Clintonville fire, 2 airlifted

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) – The State Fire Marshal is investigating a downtown Clintonville fire that injured three people late Wednesday.

Fire gutted two apartments above Doesn’t Compute, a computer store, and Main Street Tattoos, at 49 S. Main Street. The fire department says a man and a woman who were in the apartments were airlifted to a Milwaukee hospital. We don’t know any more about their injuries or their conditions.

A firefighter was treated at the scene. Clintonville’s assistant fire chief says the firefighter had some trouble catching his breath, but “he is fine.”

Witness Brenda Mehlberg described the chaotic scene.

“We saw the fire men running to the barn to get the fire trucks and we noticed they didn’t go very far. We came outside, looked, and flames were shooting out of the roof,” Mehlberg said. “It looked like the whole roof had flames shooting out of it, a lot of smoke.”

Fire crews were called at 8:20 p.m. Dispatchers for both the city and county say the call was to Cindy B’s Bar, which is next door. The bar wasn’t damaged.

The fire was out by 10 p.m.

Firefighters were inside the upstairs apartments surveying the damage. They don’t know immediately what caused the fire.

Firefighters were on scene into the early morning hours, searching for and putting out hot spots.

Crews from seven departments assisted at the scene.

People on the scene sent us these photos:

Cindy B's Bar fire
(Photo: Timothy Zilch)
Cindy B's Bar fire
(Photo: Timothy Zilch)
Cindy B's Bar fire
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Cindy B's Bar fire
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