Fire destroys Legends Bar in Suring

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Downtown building was a century old

Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

The Suring Fire Department was on the scene at Legends Bar & Grill for more than nine hours Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Legends Bar & Grill, a century-old landmark in downtown Suring, burned to the ground Monday night.

The Suring Fire Department was called around 10 p.m. after neighbors spotted flames coming from the bar and restaurant at 703 Main St., which had closed early because of the power outage that has affected the village since Sunday.

“When we got on scene, we had flames coming out of the bar room and west side in the corner,” assistant chief Les Steffeck said. “By that time the fire had gone up the stairway there, and then it got up into the walls and the attic.”

The ladder truck from the city of Gillett was called in, and tankers from the towns of Brazeau, Gillett and Underhill were called to truck water from the Oconto River about a half-mile away.

“As we were working on it, then it started to cave in, so we got a backhoe in to take care of that,” Steffeck said.

Steffeck said Tuesday morning it was too early to speculate on the cause of the fire, which appeared to have started in the northwest corner of the building.

Rachel Otradovec, who lives down the street, said the downtown area was already coping with the effects of the weekend’s storm, with power only partially restored if at all.

It appeared that the front of the building blew out from the fire and heat inside, Otradovec said.

“Flames were just rolling out of the windows — it was scary looking,” she said. “We heard this boom and then the sirens were coming.”

The building was 100 or more years old, Steffeck said, and was previously known as Corky Flynn’s Bar and the Golden Ram.

Patti and Randall Shank, who have owned the establishment for more than a decade, posted a thank you on Facebook to the firefighters and community on Tuesday morning.

“Last night we suffered a devastating loss. Our beloved tavern is gone,” the message said. “We would like to thank all of the fire departments that were there to help. We can not express the extreme heartache we are feeling right now. We want to thank everyone for your support and kindness. We always have and always will love this community and the patrons we called family.”