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Fire causes damage in downtown Waterloo

Published On: Oct 09 2012 01:39:37 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2012 06:48:36 PM CDT

Kendra Hering

WATERLOO, Wis. -

Firefighters from two communities were needed to battle a blaze in the middle of downtown Waterloo Tuesday afternoon.

The blaze started in a former taxidermy shop in the 200 block of East Madison Street in Waterloo just after noon Tuesday.

Firefighters from Marshall and Waterloo were called upon to fight the fire, which started in the back of the former shop.

The building had been converted from a business to a residence. A wood frame structure in back likely dates to the 1920s.

Fire officials said no one was injured in the blaze. The building did have a resident in the front of the building, but he was not hurt.

Waterloo Fire Chief Vern Butzine said firefighters extinguished the blaze in about two and a half hours.

The chief said an investigation into the cause of the fire is under way. 

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