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'Significant' damage to beloved Hooligan's bar after roof catches fire

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 12:55:03-05

MILWAUKEE — A two-alarm fire broke out at beloved Hooligan's Super Bar on Milwaukee's east side just as the city's fire companies were sent to deal with another fire at Milwaukee Recycles Friday evening.

Milwaukee Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Vossekuil explained at a press conference that dispatch sent crews to a reported fire at Milwaukee Recycles' plant on Mount Vernon. But six minutes later, companies were called again to deal with a fire that erupted on the roof of Hooligan's Super Bar at Farwell & North.

Because of structural issues due to the flames, crews had to leave the building and regroup outside Hooligan's, Vossekuil said. The firefighters then attacked the flames from the outside, and eventually were able to reenter and put out the flames. It took about 45 minutes to finish the job.

No one was injured during the fire. Vossekuil said he does not know if the building is a total loss, but there is "significant" damage to the building's exterior.

An investigation is ongoing. The source of the fire has not been determined at this time.

We reached out to the owner, but he did not want to talk about the devastating loss. Hooligan's has been at that corner for decades.

Watch TMJ4's Stephanie Haines' report above.

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