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
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
“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,
The ferocity of
the fire caused the roof to collapse, forcing
firefighters to work
from the outside of the structure.
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.”
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.
about 10 this morning, we had relocated everyone with
internet and email,” Zeppos said Tuesday. “Kudos to our
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.