GENOA Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A bar/restaurant in Genoa is heavily damaged following a Christmas morning fire. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office says sheriff’s deputies and crews from the Genoa-Harmony Fire Department were called to the Big River Inn at 7:52 am Sunday.

One person was evacuated from an apartment above the restaurant, and the fire was put out at around 11 am. Preliminary findings show the fire originated in the second story of the building, and it was taken down to the first-floor level. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.