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Firefighters battle "major fire" at old Fond du Lac casket company building

Fire guts the old Northern Casket Company building in Fond du Lac. June 2, 2020 (WBAY Photo)
Fire guts the old Northern Casket Company building in Fond du Lac. June 2, 2020 (WBAY Photo)(WBAY)
Published: Jun. 2, 2020 at 5:12 AM CDT
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Fond du Lac firefighters battled they called a "major fire" at an historic building in the city early Tuesday.

The scene is at the former Northern Casket Company building at 16 N. Brooke St. The building is listed as an

The Fond du Lac Fire Department says Brooke St is closed between Division and Western.

Video posted on the

shows flames engulfing the building, which dates back to 1919.

Happening now: Major fire In abandoned warehouse. MABAS Box Alarm old Casket Co 16 N. Brooke St

Posted by City of Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue Chief Peter O'Leary says a police officer on patrol noticed smoke at about 2:45 a.m. and found fire at the rear of the building.

At one point, a water main broke and caused supply issues for the firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"We may never know whether someone intentionally set this fire, or maybe someone was using a fire in there to stay warm," says O'Leary.

The fire department says the building is abandoned.

"There are few factory buildings that are as intact and well preserved as this one. Some of the window units have been changed but there is little other alteration. As such, it can provide important information on factory design and construction from the early twentieth century era," reads the Wisconsin Historical Society listing on the building.

MABAS Div 120 Target Hazard Box Alarm response. Multiple master stream devices in use. Defensive Ops 16 N Brooke St. Fond du Lac

Posted by City of Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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