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Dave’s Hardware Store & River Mill Restaurant Fire: LaValle, Wisconsin (January 6-7, 2001)
Volume 1 and 2

LF1 River Mill Restaurant, center. Jan. 7, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF2 River Mill Restaurant. Jan. 7, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF3 River Mill Restaurant. Jan. 7, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF4 River Mill Restaurant. Jan. 7, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF5 Fire destruction from bridge. Jan. 7, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF6 Fire destruction from bridge. Jan. 7, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF7 Farm. Jan. 7, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF8 Fire destruction. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF9 Fire destruction. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF10 Fire destruction. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF11 Fire destruction. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF12 Fire destruction. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF13 Fire destruction. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF14 Fire destruction from bridge. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF15 Fire destruction. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF16 River Mill Restaurant, left. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF17 River Mill Restaurant. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF18 Dave’s Hardware, left; River Mill Restaurant, right. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF19 Panoramic view. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF20 Panoramic view from bridge. Jan. 14, 2001. Ryan Rabuck photo.
LF21 Hose team on Hwy.58 pours water on Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF22 “Smoke pours from Dave’s Hardware.” [Quotes are from Reedsburg Independent photo captions.] Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF23 Pouring water onto River Mill Restaurant. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF24 Reedsburg Fire Dept. platform truck pours water onto fire. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF25 Dave’s Hardware.Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF26 Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF27 “During the early stages, firemen concentrated their effort on trying to extinguish the fire at Dave’s Hardware, before they became aware the River Mill also had caught fire in its walls.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF28 Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF29 Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF30 Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF31 Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF32 Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF33 Fire. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.

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LF34 “Smoke pours out the front door of the River Mill during the early stages of the fire in that building.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF35 Firemen at River Mill front door. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF36 Pouring water onto the River Mill. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF37 River Mill Restaurant. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF38 Reedsburg high lift truck putting water on both buildings. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF39 Both buildings on fire. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF40 Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF41 Firemen and burning buildings. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF42 “With Dave’s Hardware already engulfed in fire, flames start to come out of the River Mill early Sunday morning.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF43 River Mill. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF44 Between the buildings. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF45 Spraying water onto fire. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF46 Knocking down Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF47 Firemen water down Dave’s Hardware as it is knocked down. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF48 Knocking down Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF49 Knocking down Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF50 “A front shovel caves in the front of Dave’s Hardware to contain the fire in one area. The action came at the point it became clear the building could not be saved.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF51 Knocking down Dave’s Hardware. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF52 “A hose team aims water at the River Mill Sunday morning. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF53 “Flames roar out of the rear of the River Mill over the back deck.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF54 South side of River Mill. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF55 “Firemen fight the blaze on the south side of the River Mill.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF56 Firemen spraying water. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF57 River Mill. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF58 River Mill. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.

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LF59 “The Reedsburg Fire Department platform truck pours water down onto the roof of the River Mill.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF60 River Mill. Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF61 Reedsburg Independent news article, Jan. 11, 2001.
LF62 “Mike Margosian, owner of the River Mill, clears some debris from the front steps Monday afternoon, so he, family and friends can go in the building and try to salvage what they can.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF63 “Ice sliding off the roof of the River Mill apparently hit and damaged the buildings electrical service, causing a short which led to fires in both the River Mill and Dave’s Hardware.” Jeff Seering/Reedsburg Independent photo. Jan. 6, 2001.
LF64 Firemen fighting the LaValle fire. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF65 Fighting the hardware store & restaurant fire. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF66 Fighting the hardware store & restaurant fire. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF67 Fighting the hardware store & restaurant fire. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF68 Fighting the hardware store & restaurant fire. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF69 Fighting the hardware store & restaurant fire. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF70 Fighting the hardware store & restaurant fire. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF71 Dave’s Hardware. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF72 Fighting the hardware store & restaurant fire. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF73 The alley between the two buildings. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF74 Dave’s Hardware Store. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF75 Dave’s Hardware Store. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF76 Dave’s Hardware Store. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF77 Smoke and water. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF78 Firemen inspect the damage. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF79 Pouring water onto Dave’s Hardware. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF80 Platform truck spreads a wall of water. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF81 Fireman gets a little help from a friend. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF82 Firemen discuss their next move. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF83 Dave’s Hardware. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF84 Fireman . Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF85 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF86 The fire rages on. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF87 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF88 Firemen. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF89 River Mill Restaurant consumed by flames. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF90 Conflagration. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF91 Dave’s Hardware. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF92 The fire rages on. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF93 Fire breaks through the roof. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.

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LF94 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF95 The roof is aflame. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF96 Flames spreading. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF97 Flames. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF98 Flames. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF99 River Mill Restaurant hidden by smoke. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF100 Firemen. Photo courtesy the LaValle Fire Dept.

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LaValle, Wisconsin
Fire
Dave’s Hardware Store & River Mill Restaurant
January 6-7, 2001



Volume 2

LF101 Firemen. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF102 Dave’s Hardware in ruins. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF103 Knocking down remains of Dave’s Hardware. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF104 Dave’s Hardware. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF105 Knocking down Dave’s Hardware Store. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF106 Dave’s Hardware. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF107 Dave’s Hardware. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF108 Demolition. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF109 Firemen. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF110 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF111 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF112 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF113 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF114 Remains of River Mill. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF115 Hardware store remains burn. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF116 Burning debris. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF117 Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF118 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF119 River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF120 Reedsburg lift truck. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF121 Backhoe at work. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF122 Inspecting the destruction. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF123 Inside River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF124 Inside River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF125 Inside River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF126 The flames do their worst. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF127 Dave’s Hardware the morning after. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF128 Restaurant the next morning. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF129 Remains of the Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF130 Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF131 Remains of hardware store. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF132 Madison TV station taping an interview. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF133 Madison TV station taping an interview. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF134 Inside River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF135 Inside Rive Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF136 Kids viewing the destruction. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF137 LaValle Fire truck stands by. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF138 Another view of the destruction. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF139 Side view of restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF140 Inspecting the destruction. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.

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LF141 Inspecting the destruction. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF142 Remains of River Mill Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF143 LaValle Fire Dept. truck stands by. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF144 Spectators discuss the destruction. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF145 Discussing the fire. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF146 Media interview. Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LF147 Why did this have to happen? Photo courtesy of the LaValle Fire Dept.
LV93 River Mill Restaurant as it appeared in 1999.
LV98 Dave’s Hardware as it appeared in 1999.

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