By Tim Kowols
Egg Harbor Fire Chief Steve Schopf says Shipwrecked Brewpub and Inn is most likely a total loss after a fire destroyed the upper floors of the building Sunday. Crews began responding to the fire shortly after 11 a.m. after housekeeping staff at Shipwrecked discovered the fire in one of the guestrooms. The blaze quickly required more and more crews to be called in, which featured every Door County-based Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services station as well as support from Algoma, Kewaunee, Luxemburg, Green Bay, De Pere, and Ashwaubenon. Schopf says the department often talked about what the historic building known for being a retreat for Al Capone in the 1920s would be like if a fire were to break out. Their expectations were met.
Over 90 firefighters and emergency personnel came to offer assistance with members rotating in and out as they ran out of air in their tanks. Door County Emergency Services Deputy Director Aaron LeClair says no injuries were reported during the fire, but nine firefighters were transported to Door County Medical Center for treatment due to heat exhaustion.
Schopf says the fire did not reach the ground floor but most likely suffered significant smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Beth Levendusky from Shipwrecked says it was most likely because of an electrical issue.