Early Sunday morning fire damages house extensively
Fire extensively damaged a residence in the 2300 block of Main Street Sunday morning, Jan. 17, bringing out four fire departments in subzero temperatures and forcing traffic to be re-routed off Main Street.
The Stevens Point Fire Department received a call at 9:07 a.m. Sunday about a structure fire at 2301 Main St., and firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof on the southwest corner of the two-story multi-family dwelling.
Capt. Jb Moody of the Fire Department said the building was evacuated prior to the firefighters’ arrival, and no one was injured from the fire or while extinguishing the blaze.
The fire alarm triggered an automatic-aid response, with the Plover, Hull and Park Ridge Fire Departments providing mutual aid. The American Red Cross and the Stevens Point Transit Department also responded to provide assistance and “played a critical role in today’s success,” Moody said Sunday.
Stevens Point firefighters remained at the scene until approximately 2:40 p.m. Sunday to protect against possible flare-ups and clearing the scene.
Stevens Point Police blocked off Main Street at Michigan Avenue to the east of the fire scene and Illinois Avenue at College Avenue and Clark Street while firefighters and equipment remained at the scene.
Moody said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but the preliminary losses were estimated at $165,000, with $125,000 in damage to the building and $40,000 to the contents.
The building has been used for student housing for decades, with several separate units within the facility. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the building was the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house and in the mid-1970s, the building was the Sigma Pi fraternity house.