Crews dousing site of five-alarm Riverwest fire to prevent flare-ups
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Fire Department crews came Wednesday morning to douse a building in Riverwest that had previously burned down after a five-alarm fire.
Someone said they spotted smoke after Joe's East Coast Auto Repair Shot burned down.
It was the second time in hours that crews tried to proactively prevent hot spots turning into flames after the five-alarm fire on Tuesday.
Investigators also took Wednesday to look into exactly how the fire started.
Employees with the repair shop admit that it was an accident.
"They were working in the shop on a vehicle (when) the fire started," said Milwaukee Fire Department Battalion Chief Christopher Snyder.
The fire quickly spread because it involved gasoline.
Employees of the auto repair shop and artists with studios above the shop had to evacuate.
"I'm very shocked that it went up in flames, that it actually happened," said Jerry Sims, a customer of Joe's.
Those artists are now searching for a place to do their work.