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UPDATE: 9 different buildings damaged in some way due to Manitowoc garage fire

Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 11:45 AM CDT
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MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) - Action 2 News is learning more details about a Saturday morning garage fire in Manitowoc, which resulted with what fire officials say in nine different structures experiencing some type of direct damage from the intense head of the garage fire.

According to the Manitowoc Fire Department, crews were called to the scene of what was initially reported as a garage fire with flames visible from the garage, and quickly spreading to the home, at 9:03 a.m.

In addition, responding officials were told there were several explosions coming from the garage, which was located in the 500 block of S. 32nd Street.

Police arrived first to the scene, and saw the fire spreading from the garage to surrounding structures.

When fire crews arrived, they found other structures were starting to ignite due to the intensity of the head from the garage fire, and began attacking the flames from both S. 32nd and S. 31st Street due the closeness of garages being set further back on the properties, as well as out of concern for the electrical service wires which had significant heat damage.

Although multiple buildings had started to ignite, officials say the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes, followed by overhaul.

Fire officials say no one was hurt during the incident, and everyone had evacuated from the home before fire crews arrived.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but officials say it appears to have been accidental.

A damage estimate is also currently unavailable.

Fire officials say multiple departments were involved with the incident, and would like to thank the Salvation Army, as well as neighbors in the area who provided water and sport drinks to keep everyone fighting the flames hydrated.

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