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WAUWATOSA - After a basement fire broke out at Rocket Baby Bakery, a quick-acting employee took action and saved the business from further damage.

The Wauwatosa Fire Department responded to a reported basement fire at the bakery at 6822 W. North Ave. at 10:16 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, according to a news release from the department. 

A business manager at the restaurant said an employee went to the basement and noticed flames at the ceiling level near a light fixture, the release said. An alarm also went off, alerting the building's occupants of the fire.

"(The employee) quickly called 911, evacuated their employees and customers, and extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher prior to our arrival," the release said. "The quick actions of their employees likely prevented the spread of fire to other areas of the business."

No one was injured. Initial damage estimates to the business and product are put at $15,000.

When firefighters arrived at the bakery they found light smoke conditions and no fire in the basement of the small bakery.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case said the exact cause is undetermined but was likely started by a fluorescent lighting fixture being damaged by a large, industrial cooler unit. 

A tall upright cooler was pushed by a maintenance crew into the fixture and made contact with the electrical connection of the fluorescent bulbs.

The maintenance crews were in the basement doing some electrical projects and moved the cooler to access an area to conduct their work.

The business suffered minor damage from the fire but is closed for a short time to accommodate cleaning as required by the Wauwatosa Health Department.

The fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature and the investigation has been closed by the Fire Marshal.

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