THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
BUSY DAY-Firefighters were kept busy Sunday, Oct. 7 at the scene of a house fire on Hwy. 64, near Marinette. Six area departments responded to the alarm which was received at 12:29 p.m., according to Town of Peshtigo Fire Chief Mike Folgert. Top Left Photo-Firefighters attack flames in second story. Bottom Left Photo-Town of Peshtigo firefighter Bob Eggener is pictured with the accountability board, as Fire Chief Mike Folgert and Grover-Porterfield Assistant Chief Bob Chaltry look on. Right Photo-Firefighters cut a ventilation hole in the second level of the home.
Six Fire Departments Battle Fire Sunday
Issue Date: October 11, 2018
Approximately 55 firefighters from six area fire departments responded to a structure fire at W1920 Highway 64 on Sunday, Oct. 7. The Town of Peshtigo Fire Dept. received the alarm at 12:29 p.m. according to Town of Peshtigo Fire Chief Mike Folgert.
The first fire truck was on scene only 10 minutes after the alarm was called. When firefighters arrived, they found the entire two-story home heavily involved in fire and thick smoke. The first floor exterior was showing fire out the dining room with extension to the roof and into the attic. Chief Folgert, requested a MABAS box alarm which brought in assistance from the City of Marinette, City of Peshtigo, Grover-Porterfield and Little River Fire Departments. Several hours into the call a second alarm was sounded for additional manpower which brought in an engine company from Little River and a heavy rescue squad from the Pound Fire Dept.
No one was at home at the time of the fire, which was called in by a person passing by. That person originally thought someone was in the home, which caused firefighters to do a number of interior searches to determine if everyone was accounted for. Other agencies responding to the scene included Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. Bay Area Medical paramedics, Marinette County Sheriff's Dept. with deputies and auxiliary members because Highway 64 had to be closed for sometime and traffic had to be re-routed, Wisconsin Public Service, American Red Cross and the Grover-Porterfield Women's Auxiliary who brought food for the firefighters.
Cause of the fire is under investigation by the Town of Peshtigo Fire Dept. and no damage estimate was available according to Chief Folgert. The home is owned by Alice Rollins. Fire department units remained on scene until 6:42 p.m. Sunday evening. Fire investigators returned to the scene on Monday morning to the continue investigating the cause.