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June 05, 2012 | 05:58 PMIt was Tuesday afternoon and Joe Carvetti was standing in the first floor of his Lake Geneva restaurant.
Nearby were couches damaged in the fire the night before. There were fans blowing out the smell.
Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire early Tuesday morning which damaged Carvetti's Bar and Grill, 642 W. Main St.
When will you be open?
"We're working with the city and I hope we can open Friday," Carvetti said. "And we have three outdoor dining areas and two outdoor bars, too."
He emphasized the word "hope."
Fire Chief Brent Connelly was the first on the scene. The call came in at 1:01 a.m. Connelly reported heavy smoke and fire showing from the restaurants second floor. The fire prompted Connelly to request assistance from seven area fire departments.
"This was a serious fire that had a pretty good head start on us," he said in a press release.
In a separate statement, Police Chief Michael Rasmussen said criminal activity is not suspected at this time.
Rasmussen said the responding police officers were advised by business staff there was a fire in the kitchen and that everyone was safely out of the building.
"Employees initially used fire extinguishers for a kitchen fire on the main floor, but flames extended to the second floor," Connelly said in the press release. "Fire department crews made an aggressive interior attack to knock down the main body of fire. Crew safety was a concern because the fire had burned through the floor."
Firefighters conducted primary and secondary searches, and additional crews extinguished hot spots, salvage and overhaul. No injuries were reported. However, the building sustained smoke and water damage as well as from the fire. Crews returned to quarters and cleaned up equipment by 5:15 a.m.
"Our crews did a great job, knocking down the fire under tough conditions and limiting the damage to the building," Connelly said. "We are thankful no one was hurt and we appreciate the assistance of all the departments who responded to the MABAS box."
Fire departments from Bloomfield-Genoa City, East Troy, Fontana, Lyons, Delavan, Williams Bay and Elkhorn responded. So did the Racine Fire Bells Rehab Unit. Connelly said it was the third major fire the Fire Bells responded to in less than 24 hours.