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Apartment fire causes damage at former Bakalars building

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An apartment fire on South Avenue in La Crosse leaves two people injured.

The Lofts at 2219 South Avenue received severe water damage and moderate fire damage, after the fire broke out in one apartment, around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

All the occupants evacuated the building after the fire alarms went off. Within minutes, 26 firefighters were on the scene.

The apartments are in the former Bakalars sausage factory, which was converted to housing five years ago.

One apartment suffered moderate fire damage and severe water damage. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Two residents were treated at the hospital.

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.

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