Stolley's Hogg Alley closed due to fire; repairs underway

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

December 9, 2017

OCONOMOWOC - An early Friday fire that has forced Stolley’s Hogg Alley to close was likely caused by smoking paraphernalia.

Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen said Friday afternoon that a report of a fire at the bar, 2008 Venice Beach Road in Oconomowoc, was made at 12:05 a.m. Friday. He said the first crews were on scene by 12:09 a.m. and saw signs of a fire on the roof and front of the building. The source of the fire was not immediately discovered so at 12:13 a.m. the call was upgraded to a second alarm, requiring other departments to assist. Eventually, Lake Country Fire & Rescue, Western Waukesha RIT, Wales-Genesee Fire Department, Okauchee and Stone Bank fire departments responded.

Bowen said after investigating, it appeared the cause of the fire was smoking materials in a receptacle near the front entrance. He said the receptacle was near the fire's primary source.

Although Bowen didn’t have an final damage amount, he said it was at least $20,000 in damages. There were no injuries.

On the Stolley’s Hogg Alley Facebook page, owner Jeff Stoll said the business would be closed for repairs, which he later said were already underway.

“We have had an outpour of prayers and support from the community... Over the top wow!!! We have lots of crews cleaning and restoring to get our employees and customers the environment they crave. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” he said via Facebook Messenger.

He also thanked the hardworking firefighters.

“A huge shout out to all the Local FD's we had them all there and we’d a been a lot, lot worse off if it weren’t for them all...God bless,” Stoll wrote.