Fire Damages Wisconsin Lakefront Resort


Multiple fire departments battled a blaze at the Lighthouse Cove Resort in Lake Delton on Tuesday morning.

Most of the homes at the condominium community are seasonal, but a few are permanent homes.

Fire crews said they received a report of the fire about 7 a.m. Tuesday. Eight fire departments were called, including 65 firefighters.

"There are four stories and it started on the fourth floor, got into the attic space, and it made it quite a bit bigger. We were just able to contain it to just a few units. A lot of the building is affected by smoke and water damage," said Darren Jorgenson, Lake Delton Fire Department chief.

The Delton Fire Department said the fire was extinguished as of 8:30 a.m., but crews remained at the scene. No injuries were reported from the fire.

At least eight units suffered fire damage, but many more suffered extensive water damage, fire officials said.

Most of the damage was done to vacation rentals, but the Salvation Army did assist one family.

On Tuesday afternoon, a handful of residents were able to go back into their units and collect their things.

Fire crews said the cold weather made it difficult to fight the fire.

"Our biggest challenge here was basically the weather," Jorgenson said. "It was very cold. We had some freezing issues. We ended up paging eight fire departments to assist us, and 65 personnel showed up so we can keep firefighters warm and fresh."

The cause of the fire is undetermined. Officials said foul play is not suspect, but the state fire marshal was on hand to assist with the investigation.

This isn't the first significant fire in recent years for Lighthouse Cove. Another building at Lighthouse Cove was destroyed in 2006. Jorgenson said they are older buildings with wood framing, which makes it a challenge to contain flames. He added that Tuesday's fire and the one in 2006 appear to be unrelated.

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