Car fire causes explosion destroying Minocqua business

A building housing Copy Cat Printing and apartments was damaged
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 7:28 AM CDT
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MINOCQUA, Wis. (WSAW) - The Minocqua Fire Department is investigating a vehicle fire that caused a chain reaction of events.

Investigators said around 4 a.m. Monday, Minocqua Police were notified about a car fire parked near Copy Cat Printing. Apartments are located above the business. People in the apartment got out of the building before fire crews arrived. The car fire caused an explosion in the vehicle, and the fire spread to the Copy Cat Printing building. A second vehicle on the property was also damaged.

No one was injured by the explosion. One person in the building was taken to a nearby hospital.

A portion of Highway 51 in Minocqua was closed due to the fire for several hours. It has since reopened.

Minocqua Police Chief David Jaeger said the fire did not appear intentional.

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