Second body recovered from rubble of bar fire in Door County

Credit: WFRV

Updated: 8:07 a.m. on Feb. 25, 2022

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Crews searching the rubble of a bar fire in Door County have recovered a second body. Assistant Police Chief Dan Brinkman says the remains of another male was found Thursday afternoon.

The body was taken to the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office in Madison. No identification was released.

The remains of another male were found Wednesday after crews began removing sections of a south wall at Butch's Bar in Sturgeon Bay.

A fire early Tuesday collapsed the roof and second floor and left only the walls standing. The two who died were the only tenants missing from nine rooms above the bar.


Published: 2:52 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2022

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Sturgeon Bay police say the body of a male has been recovered from the rubble of a bar fire and that search crews are still looking for another individual who remains missing.

In a statement Thursday, Assistant Police Chief Dan Brinkman says crews began removing sections of a south wall at Butch's Bar on Wednesday and recovered the body.

The remains were taken to Madison for identification.

The state fire marshal and local police and firefighters are working on a plan to safely enter other areas of the burned structure to thoroughly search for a second tenant who is unaccounted for.

Nine rooms above the bar were occupied by renters.

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