NEW INFORMATION: Transit, other City of Eau Claire departments called in as crews fought garage fire

SkyWarn 13 Meterologist Matt Hoffman says the temperature was -22 in Eau Claire when crews responded to the fire.  The wind chill was -47.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Several city departments, including Eau Claire Transit, helped crews as they fought a garage fire in subzero temperatures.

Eau Claire Fire and Rescue responded to the fire on Birch Street just before 9:30 a.m. Monday. There was heavy smoke coming from a detached garage when they got to the scene. Firefighters broke in, and put out the fire. While crews were working at the scene, they asked the transit department to provide a city bus for firefighters to use to get out of the cold. The department also asked for help from the city's public works, streets, and police departments.

There's no word on what caused the fire. Damage is estimated at $12,000.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police have blocked off several city streets as crews fight a garage fire.

It happened Monday morning. The Eau Claire Police Department tweeted just before 10 a.m. Monday that the streets include Birch Street. The fire is on the 800 block of Birch.

Officers say the closures will last for an unknown amount of time. They suggest taking an alternate route if you're driving in the area.


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