Owner says Muscoda business is complete loss

Fire breaks out at Castle Rock Inn Tuesday afternoon
Owner says Muscoda business is complete loss
Photo courtesy Grant County Sheriff's Office

The owner of the Castle Rock Inn said the 9,000-square-foot building is a total loss after a fire broke out Tuesday afternoon.

Twelve fire departments responded to the fire at the Castle Rock Inn and event center at 15040 Shemak Road outside Muscoda around noon, Grant County sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies said no one was inside the building at the time of the fire.

“The building was fully engulfed in smoke. We sent two entry teams in. The ceiling was down on the floor, so we had to evacuate. It’s basically surround and drown, that’s call you can do,” said Robert Oechsley, first assistant fire chief of the Fennimore Fire Department.

As of Tuesday afternoon, crews had used 175,000 of water to put out the fire, and they plan on being at the scene through the night to fight hot spots.

The fire marshal is expected to start investigating the fire Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The owner, John Gillingham, said fire officials think the fire was electrical and started around the bar area.

“Right now we’re thinking we’ll probably rebuild, see what the cost is on that and see if insurance will cover most of it, because we just bought this in July,” Gillingham said.

Gillingham said the Castle Rock Inn has been there since 1923.

Gillingham said anyone who had an event or party scheduled at the Castle Rock Inn can call Heather at 608-391-1299 or him at 608-604-2012.