By Michael S. Hoey


The Delavan Fire Department battled a three-alarm fire with the help of 14 other area departments Monday afternoon at Bob’s Lawn Mower Repair at 725 E. Wisconsin St.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim O’Neill said the fire began in the business with two

A charred building at Eighth and Wisconsin streets can be seen behind Town of Delavan Fire Department Capt. Jamie Smith. (Photo by Brenda Peryea)

occupants in the building at about 1:45 p.m. The two occupants tried to extinguish the fire themselves then dialed 911. Both made it out of the building unharmed.

O’Neill said the cause of the fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious. Bob’s Lawn Mower Repair sustained substantial damage. O’Neill said it would be up to the insurance company to determine if it is a total loss. The fire was contained to that business. An attached business, Side Street Thrift Shop, was not damaged.

The fire, O’Neill said, was routine, did not spread, and did not tax the local water system. The fire was labeled a three-alarm Mutual Aid Box Alarm System fire because 15 departments responded to it. O’Neill said the fire was brought under control in about 90 minutes and the departments were on the scene for three hours.


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