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Pearl Street fire may have started by homeless seeking warmth

Brad Williams

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The fire behind some Pearl Street businesses last week apparently was caused by people setting fires in the alley. 

The building housing Casino Bar and Brothers received heavy smoke and fire damage in the fire that occurred on February 1st. 

Investigators say homeless people living in the alley may have lit combustible items to keep warm.         

The resulting flames and smoke brought 18 fire trucks to that block.  No injuries were reported. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.