In the space of three days, two well-known business buildings in downtown La Crosse have been damaged by fire.
Fayze's restaurant on 4th Street is being fixed up after an early-morning fire on Sunday. Firefighters found flames in the basement, and confined the fire to that area. The restaurant and the Top Shots bar were evacuated during the fire, along with apartments on upper floors. The Fayze's fire comes two days after an electrical fire caused damage to the marquee area of the vacant Hollywood Theater, one block away.
One driver has been killed in a head-on collision on Highway HD, near the Highway 53 interchange.
The victim was northbound at the south end of Holmen. The car was hit by a southbound SUV which went out of control, crossed the median, and went into the opposite lane. The SUV driver had minor injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle. Alcohol is not considered a factor. The collision happened around 4:30 on Friday afternoon.
He was hoping to have an old movie theater open again for a New Year's party...
But Phil Addis says a fire last night at the Hollywood Theater is a setback to the original schedule for renovating the building. Firefighters discovered an apparent electrical fire in the marquee area of the Hollywood, and it spread to the box office.
The Hollywood was built in the 1930's, and has been closed for a few years. Addis says the box office and the theater roof will have to be repaired before the building renovation gets into high gear.