Tuesday, 17 July 2012 20:13

Milwaukee Mechanical Shop Burns


wisn.com in Milwaukee is reporting that firefighters are battling a five-alarm at 631 E. Center St., the site of Joe's East Coast Car Shop in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood on July 17.

The Milwaukee Fire Department got the call at 9:17 a.m., and it was still burning at 12:30 p.m. A spokesman said he expected to be at the scene until about 2 p.m.

The business at that address, between Pierce and Booth streets, is a family-owned mechanical shop.

There are also apartments and an art studio above the auto repair shop. Parts of the building have collapsed, the fire department said.

A fire department spokesman said firefighters faced hazardous conditions because of fuel, hydraulics and oil found in the auto repair shop.  There were 125 firefighters at the scene.

The Milwaukee Fire Department told 12 News it was asking for assistance from other communities to help cover Milwaukee fire houses and five other departments helped at the scene.

An employee at a nearby business told 12 News it looked like a big fire, but he didn't think other places are being evacuated. 

Ambulances were seen at the scene, but the fire department said there were no injuries to residents or workers.

Two Milwaukee firefighters were taken to an area hospital for heat exhaustion.

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