Downtown Boston Store damaged in fire
Melissa McCrady reports. Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee fire investigators are looking this morning into the cause of a fire at a landmark downtown shopping and apartment building.
"A fire on the roof at the Boston Store building, and upon arrival, flames were visible from the street," said acting deputy chief Ralph Gallow.
He told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi that crews worked quickly after they got the call about the fire at about 11:40 Tuesday night.
"We had a water tower up, supplied by another engine, in very short order. That was the key to success."
That water tower reached above the five-story building and put the fire out.
"It gave us the best outcome we could hope for under the circumstances," explained Gallow.
However, he said there was some structural damage.
"The roof was burned in such a way that we ended up with some water making it through, so we're going to have some water damage on the 5th floor, and obviously some roof repair," said Gallow.
Investigators found grills at the roof of the building which has both the store and loft apartments.
Those investigators haven't officially ruled the grills as the reason for the fire, but as Gallow put it, "one plus one is sitting there as the equation to look at right now. Grills on the deck where the fire occurred leads you to, pretty much, one conclusion."