Eight Fire Departments Respond to Prairie du Chien Shopping Center Fire

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wisconsin - Firefighters from eight fire departments spent several hours battling a fire at a shopping center in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Sunday night into Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the Blackhawk Junction Mall, located in the 700 block of East Blackhawk Avenue, shortly before 7:10 p.m. Sunday.

An official with the Prairie du Chien Fire Department told KCRG.com that a Slumberland Furniture store was destroyed and that every store in the shopping center suffered smoke damage.

Firefighters used almost a half-million gallons of water to extinguish the fire. Crews spent the overnight hours on scene monitoring for hot spots.

Smoke from the fire led to voluntary evacuations of nearby homes, according to Prairie du Chien mayor David Hemmer. A shelter was opened at Prairie du Chien High School for residents who left their homes, Hemmer said.

No one was injured in the fire. Investigators will be on scene Monday trying to determine what caused the fire.
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