This scene of the Cubby Hole building fire during the early morning hours of Saturday, December 29. Submitted photo Submitted photo
This scene of the Cubby Hole building fire during the early morning hours of Saturday, December 29. Submitted photo Submitted photo

By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Assistant Fire Chief Brent Knegendorf

WOODVILLE, WI – A Woodville landmark was heavily damaged by fire in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 29, 2018. The building was originally the Central Lumber Company building that had its Grand Opening in 1935 and later in the early 70’s was the home of United Building Centers. It is now the Cubby Hole building with O’Hair beauty salon operated by Dayna Grant, plus a dance studio and also the closed for-several-years Cubby Hole bar and restaurant. The building has been listed for sale for some time.

This is the report from United Fire and Rescue – Woodville Station United Fire & Rescue, Assistant Fire Chief Brent Knegendorf:

“Woodville, Baldwin & Hammond stations were paged out to a structure fire at 2:04 a.m. by dispatch. The fire was reported to dispatch by (Police) Officer Benson from the Woodville PD stating smoke showing at the Cubby Hole, 105 River Street, Woodville, Wisconsin. 

Woodville station arrived on scene at 2:17 a.m. Brent Knegendorf Assistant Chief from Woodville station was IC of the scene reporting single story commercial building with heavy smoke out of roof and fire showing on North side of roof. Baldwin and Hammond stations arrived on scene and we gained access to the Cubby Hole to extinguish the fire. Due to the difficulty of extinguishing the fire and the cold weather mutual aid was called in from Roberts Fire Dept., Spring Valley Fire Dept. and Glenwood City Fire Dept.

Also, had New Richmond Fire dept. stage at Baldwin's station for United Fires coverage. All fire units were clear and back in service at 6:00 a.m. The fire scene has been turned over to the State Fire Marshal for investigation on the cause of the fire.” 

Asst. Chief Knegendorf reported to the Woodville Leader/Gateway News by phone that the building was still standing and that the greatest damage occurred in the bar and grill portion of the building with smoke damage occurring throughout the building.

Woodville Police Chief Lori Hetfield stated, “There will be no official statement made today. I can tell you that State Fire Marshal’s are currently on scene and conducting their investigation.”

No one was reported injured.

Gateway News will update this article when additional information becomes available.