Fire causes temporary road closures downtown
Portions of Washington St. and Appleton St. to be closed temporarily
Eight people escaped injury from four apartments located above Author's Kitchen + Bar at 201 N. Appleton St., after a fire at the restaurant early Wednesday morning. The damage to the building will temporarily close portions of Appleton St. and Washington St.
The fire started on the first floor of the restaurant. Residents in apartments above the restaurant noticed smoke and reported the fire shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday. Crews from the Appleton Fire Department have been at the scene throughout the day.
All residents of the four apartments will be relocated after the roof of the building collapsed. Because of the collapse, there are concerns about the walls of the building falling down. As a precaution, temporary road closures are being put in place around the restaurant on Washington St. and Appleton St.
A temporary walkway will be created for people to walk around the site on Appleton St. and Washington St. People walking south on Appleton St. will use a barricaded path cross the intersection by the restaurant. Traffic will be restricted to westbound traffic only on Washington St. between Appleton St. and Oneida St. Vehicles will be able to turn south onto Appleton St., but should use caution in the area as the lane will be narrowed because of concurrent work on the demolition of the Blue Ramp which also has temporary fencing closing off the sidewalk around the ramp.
The restrictions will remain in place until the walls of the building are either stabilized or torn down. Follow our social media channels for updates on the temporary closures.
Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.