Mequon office building destroyed by fire

By Lisa Curtis - News Graphic Staff

Nov. 2, 2017

 The morning after fire ripped through a building at 1212 W. Glen Oaks Lane in Mequon, the extent of the damage is visible.
Photo by Mark Justesen

MEQUON — The former headquarters for Charter Manufacturing was destroyed in a fire Monday night.

About 10 people still worked in the building at 1212 W. Glen Oaks Lane in Mequon, though none was in the building at the time, according to company spokesman Evan Zeppos.

Fire Chief David Bialk said officials were first alerted at about 9:15 p.m. when a smoke alarm sounded. The first police officer there noticed fire and smoke coming out of the building. A fire engine was on scene within 10 minutes.

“When firefighters first got there, they tried to go in, but were pushed back by a heavy amount of smoke and fire on the second floor and roof,” Bialk said.

Firefighters from eight different departments battled the fire from the outside against windy conditions, Bialk said.

  The ferocity of the fire caused the roof to collapse, forcing firefighters to work
from the outside of the structure.
Submitted photo

The fire was under control by about 11 p.m. and crews left the scene by about 12:30 a.m. It is too early to say a cause or damage estimate, but Zeppos said, “It would appear that the building is a total loss.”

The building has been scarcely populated with workers since the company moved its headquarters to Corporate Drive in Mequon. The people who did remain were in supply chain management and quality control, Zeppos said.

“By about 10 this morning, we had relocated everyone with internet and email,” Zeppos said Tuesday. “Kudos to our IT team.”

Bialk said that it’s likely they will be able to pinpoint a location of the origin, but not the cause because of the extent of the fire.

“There was a lot of damage,” he said.