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FILE - The La Crosse Fire Department fights a fire at the India Curry House on 4th Street, downtown on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A long-time restaurant building in La Crosse is nearly a total loss from an early-morning fire, and smoke has spread to a business next door.

FILE – The La Crosse Fire Department fights a fire at the India Curry House on 4th Street, downtown on Thursday, April 28, 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Firefighters have been battling flames at the India Curry House, 318 4th Street S, since about 4 a.m. Fire gutted both floors of the building, formerly the Hunan restaurant, and much of the front wall collapsed onto the sidewalk and street around 7 a.m.

Smoke was also seen coming out of businesses to the north, including River City Gold and Designing Jewelers. No fire or smoke was seen inside the Glory Days bar, to the south of India Curry House.

Traffic on 4th Street north of the bridge has been detoured to the 7th Street area, with cars returning to 4th near City Hall.

The fire department has not reported a cause for the downtown fire, and it’s not certain whether anyone was injured.

 Northbound traffic is blocked at 4th and King.  Hazy smoke has spread for a few blocks around the restaurant.

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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