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Large fire damages Prairie du Chien shopping mall

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (WXOW) - Firefighters worked into Monday to extinguish a fire at the Blackhawk Junction Mall in Prairie du Chien that broke out Sunday night.

The fire started and is contained to a Slumberland Furniture at 700 E. Blackhawk Avenue, about 50 feet from the entrance. It went up in flames around 7:09 p.m., according to Prairie du Chien Fire Chief, Bruce “Harry” Remz.

Eight fire departments, with more than 150 firefighters combined, battled the fire and continue to extinguish hot spots, as of Monday afternoon, Remz said.

No people or responders are injured, according to Remz. The business was closed at the time—an alarm system called in the fire.

Because of heavy winds, the smoke carried to surrounding buildings. About 10 neighboring businesses are likely to sustain smoke damage, Remz added.

Firefighters had to evacuate 12 people from homes behind the mall, according to the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. They sought shelter at Prairie du Chien High School and now most are staying with friends and family. Those without a place to go had hotel rooms for the night.

Remz said crews will likely have to tear down part of the Slumberland building Monday to start investigating a cause. The State Fire Marshal, along with the local fire and police departments will investigate.

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