Cause of Funky Munky fire released

Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason reports Tuesday, May 24, that the investigators have determined the March 26, 2022, fire at the Funky Munky Bar in Waterville started in the plastic dumpsters, located on the exterior of the south or back side of the building, and spread to a wooden over hang above the dumpsters, and then into the roof/attic area and into the bar building itself.
The fire at the Funky Munky Bar was reported by a Waterville Police Officer, who observed the fire while on patrol. The Waterville Fire Department, assisted by multiple fire departments from around the area, responded to the location and began efforts to control and extinguish the fire.
The fire resulted in a complete loss of the Funky Munky Bar and the fire also caused damage to the NAPA Building located next door; to several vehicles that were parked in the alley behind the bar, and to the Wiste’s Meat Market and the apartments located above the meat market.
Mason said that using photographs collected by the Waterville Patrol Officer that discovered the fire, investigators determined the location where the fire started was in the plastic dumpsters, on the exterior of the building but what caused the fire to start remains unknown and anyone that has information or who observed anything in the alley behind the bar on the night of the fire is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (507) 357-4440, to speak with an investigator.
The investigation of the fire at the Funky Munky Bar was conducted by the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Waterville Police Department.
A special Waterville City Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m. to accept bids for the demolition of the remaining structure.



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