Follow Up: Firefighters face challenges during downtown Appleton fire

  • Source: WLUK TV Fox 11
  • Published: 03/13/2019 02:37 PM

As Rusty Witthuhn watched smoke come out from, a now frail Author's Kitchen + Bar, he couldn't help but reminisce about his childhood. "My parents brought me here to buy shoes when I was a kid," said Witthuhn. "Since then it's been a number of different restaurants." "We had significant fire around us and conditions were worsening, we pulled crews out and went to a defensive attack," said Appleton Battalion Fire Chief Ethan Kroll. Author's Kitchen + Bar was a total loss after the fire. Crews were called to the restaurant at 201 N. Appleton St., around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Kroll said crews had to work from outside the building to put the fire out because it was deemed too dangerous inside.


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