September 29, 2022 – West Bend, WI – An early morning fire gutted the Braising Pan restaurant, 1100 N. Main St, West Bend, WI.
According to West Bend Fire Department Lt. Jeff Gustafson the fire call came in just after 1:30 a.m. A passerby reported black smoke coming from the roof of the building at the corner of N. Main Street and Park Avenue.
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“This had been working for a while before we got to it,” said Gustafson.
White smoke could be seen pouring from under the roofline on the west side of the building.
Around 5 a.m. an excavator was brought in to knock down the roof and separate the restaurant from the rest of the businesses in the strip mall.
Lt. Gustafson said nobody was hurt and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Braising Pan is owned by Heather Ford.