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Fire displaces tenants, damages 3 Ripon buildings

  • Associated Press
  • December 11, 2013 - 1:40 PM

RIPON, Wis. — Fire has damaged three retail buildings in downtown Ripon and displaced second-floor apartment tenants.

Red Cross officials say the agency is providing services to at least five families who were safely evacuated from the upper floors.

The fire was reported about 3 a.m. Wednesday by a caller who said there was smoke in one of the buildings, according to Ripon Area Fire Chief Tim Saul. Four businesses, including Watson Street Sub Shop, and five apartments were impacted by the fire, Saul said.

Firefighters evacuated about 20 tenants of the second-story apartments, including children. All tenants were accounted for and no one was hurt, the chief said.

About 30 agencies were called upon to help fight the blaze, according to Action Reporter Media (http://fondul.ac/1hMs8RH ).

Downtown business owners came to the scene during the fire to open their doors and help firefighters warm up as crews fought the blaze in single-digit temperatures. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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