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Update: Fire at The Cove


September 26, 2013 | 08:48 AM
The Lake Geneva Fire Department responded to report of a structure fire at The Cove of Lake Geneva, 111 Center St., shortly before 8 a.m., Thursday.

Departments from multiple jurisdictions were also called to the scene to assist in the response.

A Regional News reporter who went to the scene could see smoke but no flames. A hotel guest told the reporter that the hotel cleared guests out of the building shortly before 8 a.m.

The guest also reported seeing smoke but no flames.

To see more pictures from the fire visit us at www.facebook.com/LakeGenevaRegionalNews.


A press release was issued by the Lake Geneva Fire Department this afternoon. Read the press release below.

On September 26, 2013, at 7:55 am, the Lake Geneva Fire was dispatched for an alarm at 111 Center Street, Lake Geneva.  The multi-story building houses The Cove Resort and Sprechers Restaurant.  The first arriving police officer reported smoke showing from the roof.  Assistant Chief Patrick Heindl assumed command, confirmed a working structure fire, and pulled MABAS Box 28-2.

Engine 1 crew made an aggressive interior attack on the fire in the kitchen area, which sustained serious damage.  Tower 1 personnel extinguished a fire on the roof and checked for extension.  Other crews evacuated the restaurant and resort complex.  Mutual aid companies helped with ventilation, salvage, overhaul, and chasing down hot spots. 

 No injuries were reported.  The fire appears to be accidental, with the cause under investigation.  All units were back in quarters at 11:15 am.

 Mutual aid companies that responded: City of Delavan, Town of Delavan, Elkhorn, Lyons, Linn, Walworth, Williams Bay, and Sharon.

A.C. Heindl stated, “Our crews did a great job knocking down this fire and limiting it’s spread to the rest of the building.  We are very grateful for the help we received from mutual aid companies.  We are very fortunate that this structure had working sprinklers and smoke detectors.  This enabled us to get early notification of a fire and the sprinklers helped to contain the flames in the early stages of the incident.  Since this was a high occupancy building, our number one concern was life safety. We encourage everyone to have working smoke detectors in their residence.  You may contact the Lake Geneva Fire Department if you would like to have a detector installed free of charge.”


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