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Fund set up for those impacted by Bayfield fire

Apr 20, 2022 05:09AM ● By Editor
You can now donate to a Bayfield Fire Relief Fund. |  Photo: Jon Armstrong

From WDIO-TV • April 20, 2022

A donation fund has been set up for the 15 people who are displaced due to Saturday's structure fire in downtown Bayfield.

On Saturday, April 16 at 12:45 p.m. the Bayfield Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 239 Manypenny Avenue in downtown Bayfield. A significant portion of the building was engulfed in flames when first responders arrived on scene. 

 Due to the quick actions of Bayfield police and fire personal, everyone who was in the building at the time of the fire made it out safely. Two fire fighters and one police officer were treated and released for smoke inhalation. The neighboring building at 39 South Broad Street was also damaged in the fire, but was saved. 

Currently, the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

"We are asking people to share videos and photos of the fire to either the Fire Department's Facebook page, or by email to [email protected]," said Bayfield Fire Chief, Jeff Boutin.  

"There are all sorts of ways to help. We are hopeful that in listening to what they need, we'll move beyond the more transactional/short-term form of assistance into a relationship/mutual-aid form of assistance," said Mary Dougherty, Executive Director of CORE Community Resources.  

The Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau has set up a donation fund through Chippewa Valley Bank. People who wish to donate can do so in one of three ways. Send a check directly to the the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau at PO Box 138, Bayfield WI, 54814. Donate online at People can also visit the nearest Chippewa Valley Bank and ask to make a donation to the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau Fire Relief Fund. 

Please contact Encore Resale Store to arrange donations of clothing and household goods. For questions about items they are taking, please email [email protected] or call 715-779-3455. 

The Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau would like to thank our surrounding community for their immediate response to help those impacted by the fire over the holiday weekend.

We would like to thank the following agencies for their hard work both during and after the fire: Bayfield Volunteer Fire Department, Bayfield Police Department, Red Cliff Fire Department, Washburn Fire Department, Bayfield and Red Cliff EMS, and Bayfield County Dispatch. Also thank you to Wisconsin DNR Wardens and Mayor Gordon Ringberg for directing traffic around the scene. 

Many community members and business owners also stepped in to provide housing, food and meet the immediate needs of those impacted by this fire. 

Thank you to the Bayfield Inn, Legendary Waters Resort and Casino, and Windseeker Rentals for providing short term housing. Thank you to Manypenny Bistro and Andy's IGA for providing food for the displaced tenants and the first responders on Saturday. Thank you to CORE Community Resources, which continues to accommodate the immediate needs to the people who have been impacted. 

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