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Coachman Supper Club damaged in fire

Late Wednesday afternoon, a St. Croix County Sheriff's Department command center and several other official vehicles were parked outside the damaged remains of the former Coachman Supper Club. Yellow crime-scene was hung around the front of the but very little damage was visible from the parking lot. Judy Wiff photo.

At 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, the Baldwin Fire Department was dispatched to a structural fire at the Coachman Supper Club.

According to the St. Croix County Dispatch, eight other departments were called for assistance. Among those dispatched were fire departments from River Falls, Glenwood City, Deer Park, New Richmond, Baldwin, Spring Valley, Hudson, and United Fire.

At the request of the Baldwin Police Department, agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also responded to the scene.  The Wisconsin State Patrol and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, along with all of the above mentioned agencies, continue to conduct a fire scene examination as part of an origin and cause investigation.

Field Services Captain Jeff Klatt said one male was transported to the Baldwin Area Medical Center due to injuries caused by smoke inhalation. According to the Wisconsin Attorney General's office, the injured man is the owner of the business.

Klatt said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Anyone with information related to this fire event should contact the Baldwin Police Department at 715-684-3856 or the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office at 715-381-4320.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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