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Downtown La Crosse restaurant torn down after Thursday fire

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FILE - The India Curry House on 4th Street in downtown La Crosse, demolished after fire on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

There’s not much left of a popular La Crosse restaurant, just hours after it was gutted by a kitchen fire. 

The La Crosse fire department was called to the India Curry House on 4th Street just after 4 a.m. on Thursday, when smoke was seen coming from the building. 

A fire starting in the basement spread quickly to the two upper floors, and the front wall collapsed onto the sidewalk as the roof caved in.  All of the occupants in the upstairs apartments, including several cats, got out of the building safely, and no firefighters were injured. 

After the flames were out, bulldozers were brought in to start demolishing what was left.  The fire did not spread to the buildings next door, the River City Gold shop and the Glory Days bar, but apparently there was enough water damage leading to Glory Days being condemned. 

The precise cause of the fire hasn’t been determined yet.  

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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  1. Adam Mashak

    April 29, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Bulldozers? Those both look like excavators to me.

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