Jul 28

Fire extensively damages Kenosha Education Association building

An overnight fire extensively damaged the Kenosha Education Association headquarters at 5610 55th St. The fire began about 3:30 a.m. Friday, and nobody was in the building at the time, according to authorities. There were no injuries.

According to media reports, an official with the fire department said flames started outside the building and then burned through the interior for more than two hours. The roof of the building is completely gone. The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

“Our Association of educators continues to assess the situation and will lose no time moving forward with our mission – supporting Kenosha educators so they are best prepared to welcome their students back to school,” said Jill Jensen, a Kenosha teacher and president of the Kenosha Education Association.

“It’s still too early to tell the extent of damage from the early-morning fire at the Kenosha Education Association headquarters, but local teachers and support staff are thankful no one was harmed.

“Our appreciation goes out to the rescue crews that responded to keep our neighbors safe. We are overwhelmed by the absolute outpouring of support from teachers’ unions across the state and nation and other unions, including the local United Auto Workers.”

“Substantial amount of damage: Fire tears through Kenosha Education Association building