Fire destroys Black Bear Bar and Grill near Augusta
TOWN OF BRIDGE CREEK, Wis. (WEAU) - UPDATE: For many years, the Black Bear Bar & Grill has sat next to the Eau Claire river near Augusta.
Locals said it’s one of the iconic buildings of the area. Now all that’s left are its charred walls and the name on a sign.
Someone in the house near the bar noticed smoke coming from the building around 10:45 p.m. last night.
When emergency crews arrived, they could see flames coming out of the building’s roof and sides.
The roof collapsed and most of the items were destroyed.
Fire crews took preventative steps to not let the fire spread to other buildings.
An investigation into the cause of the fire continues, but officials on Thursday said they think it started in the southside of the bar.
Fall Creek Area Fire District Chief Jamie Kaeding said the building’s shape and layout made this fire difficult to fight.
“We were fighting with it for a couple of hours before we could call it under control,” Kaeding said. “Again the building was laid out with--- the building had been added on at least once, so there were different rooms, different ceiling heights and different structures set up, so it took us a little while to get through, and get it all put out and get it all under control.”
Chief Kaeding said he hopes the Bar & Grill will be able to rebuild--adding everyone has a story about the Black Bear.
We asked the bar’s owner for a comment, but they declined an interview.
A fire overnight Wednesday destroyed the Black Bear Bar and Grill north of Augusta on Highway 27.
According to Fall Creek Area Fire District Chief Jamie Kaeding, both the FCAFD and Augusta Bridge Creek Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a possible structure fire at the Black Bear Bar and Grill, located near where the Eau Claire River flows out of Lake Eau Claire in north central Eau Claire County, at 10:44 p.m. When the crews arrived, they noticed that the fire had already burned through the roof of the building.
Augusta Bridge Creek Fire and Rescue posted on Facebook that when they arrived to the fire, flames were present on all sides of the building. The post indicated that fire crews were unable to save the Black Bear Bar and Grill.
Kaeding wrote in a Facebook post that the building was heavily damaged and likely to be declared a total loss.
Both agencies thanked the Fairchild Fire Department for assisting with the incident.
A home located nearby did not incur any damage. There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.
The Bear Creek Bar and Grill was previously known as the Bear Creek Supper Club.
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