Owner of burned down supper club won't give up hope

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Gary Jackson

Owner of burned down supper club won't give up hope

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM CST

Hurley, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The small town of Hurley lost an historic supper club to fire Thursday night.

Black smoke filled the streets as firefighters battled the blaze at Wishbones Thursday evening.

The fire started sometime around 4:30, but luckily, the business was closed and no one was hurt.

The owner says he was on a trip to Florida delivering wreathes, when he got the call that his building was up in flames.

"We got the call just outside of Indiana and I told the person to go jump in a lake because I didn't believe him, and finally after 40 more phone calls of people calling us? it's gone," said Chuck Moncher, the owner.

The building holds a particular significance for the community as it has been a gathering place in Hurley for a long time.

"Back in the 30s, 20s, it's been here for a long time, lots of history, lots of history, and it's a shame it's lost."

"If there's anything positive when you lose a business and you lose part of your history is the community itself," said Dorrene O'Donnell, the executive director of the Hurley Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteer firefighters worked through freezing temperatures for hours and managed to save the bar connected to the wishbone which remains open for business.

The owner of Wishbones says, although he has lost a business, he has not lost hope for a future.

"It's a sad situation. It's something we're going to miss but we do have plans for the future," Moncher said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Bryce Henry
bhenry@kbjr.com

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