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UPDATE: Fire started by one-car crash destroys Gooch's A-1 Bar and Grill in Boulder JunctionSubmitted: 08/11/2019
UPDATE: Fire started by one-car crash destroys Gooch's A-1 Bar and Grill in Boulder Junction
Story By Newswatch 12 Team

Photos By Pine Lake Fire Rescue

VILAS COUNTY - A one-car crash Sunday in the parking lot of Gooch's A-1 Bar and Grill in Boulder Junction started a fire that destroyed the restaurant.

Shortly after 1:35 a.m., dispatchers received reports that a vehicle in the Gooch's parking lot crashed into a light pole causing the vehicle to catch fire. The fire then spread to the bar and grill.

20 area fire departments responded to the scene.

Excavators at the scene knocked down the building's exterior walls and roof for firefighters to fully put out the flames, according to a Pine Lake Fire Rescue Facebook post.

The building is a total loss.

No injuries were reported. The Vilas Co. Sheriffs Office took the driver of the vehicle that started the fire into custody on an OWI charge.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office, Boulder Junction Fire Department and EMS, Manitowish Waters Fire Department and EMS, Winchester Fire Department and EMS, Presque Isle Fire Department, Arbor Vitae Fire Department, Plum Lake Fire Department, St Germain Fire Department, Land O Lakes Fire Department, Eagle River Fire Department, Lac Du Flambeau Fire Department and multiple other agencies from surrounding counties and Michigan also responded.

An investigation into the fire is ongoing.




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