Crews investigate fire at Independence business

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INDEPENDENCE, Wis (WEAU) - Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire in Trempealeau County that destroyed part of an Independence business.

Fire crews were called out to a fire at the La Hacienda Club Midway around 6:15 am Saturday morning.
Investigators say the fire burned the dance club to the ground, but they were able to save the restaurant and bowling alley.
“It hits close to home, a lot of my memories are burned," said Pat Pietrek said.

Piertrek lives across the street from the Midway. She says on Saturday she was woken up by a phone call warning her there was a fire nearby.

“There was this little light at the back door and there was a little flame. It kept building and building and then it was like an explosion, no sound but it was fully exhausted," Pietreck said.

She snapped pictures of the burning building that held the memories of many weddings and nights out for her and her family.

"It's been a landmark in Independence," Pietreck said.

The Independence Police Department responded to a fire at the La Hacienda Club Midway early Saturday morning.

“Fire crews arrived on scene and found the dance hall portion of the building fully engulfed in flames and we were able to contain to the dance hall," Police Chief Derrick Vold said.

Vold says the fire is still under investigation but so far the police say it doesn't look suspicious.

“It is a business so there is a little bit more to cover but it’s just a routine investigation,” Vold said.

Across the street, Pat Pietreck can see crews clean up the debris from the fire. She says she hopes once the clean up's done a new chapter for the Midway will begin.

"I hope someone builds something there again," said Pietreck.


INDEPENDENCE, Wis (WEAU)--An early morning fire at a business in Independence shut down part of a highway 121 in Trempealeau County for nearly four hours Saturday.
Fire crews say around 6:15 Saturday, they responded to a fire at La Hacienda Club on Whitehall Rd (HWY 121).
The road around the business was shut down and traffic was rerouted from highway 121 to Silver Dr. and Elm Street to get to HWY 93.
Crews say no one was hurt in the fire. One fire fighter did had to be treated for heat related symptoms. WIS HWY 121 was reopened around 10:00 am Saturday. The fire is under investigation.