Fire destroys Wisconsin Democratic recall group's headquarters right before recall election....cause hasn't been identified


A fire in downtown La Crosse on Saturday destroyed local headquarters for We Are Wisconsin, a Democratic organizing group, in addition to some apartments. No injuries were reported. A cause hasn't been identified, fire officials said.


Firefighters began battling the blaze about 9:30 a.m. We Are Wisconsin staff were inside when the fire broke out and escaped safely, group spokeswoman Kelly Steele said.


Peggy Hatfield and Cathy Dunaway of Madison noticed the blaze while getting coffee near the building about 10 a.m. 


"You could see smoke coming out of the top of the building," Hatfield said. 


We Are Wisconsin is supporting Rep. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, in the Aug. 9 recall election against Sen. Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse. On Shilling's campaign Facebook page, staff thanked firefighters and said campaign efforts will continue.

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