THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
HOUSE FIRE-Over twenty-five firefighters from two departments battled a house fire in the City of Peshtigo on Monday, September 5. The City of Peshtigo Fire Dept. received the alarm at 12:15 a.m. The home owned by Brenda Penkoske, received heavy fire, smoke and water damage according to City of Peshtigo Chief Steve Anderson. The Town of Peshtigo Fire Dept. was also called for mutual aid. No injuries were reported. Penkoske and her daughter, Samantha Cate and her two children live in the residence, located at 460 S. Emery Ave. Shown is the City of Peshtigo firefighters putting a ladder to the second floor of the burning building.
Peshtigo Family Losses All Belongings in Fire
Four people were displaced from their Peshtigo home after an early morning fire on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5. The City of Peshtigo Fire Department responded to the Brenda Penkoske home at 460 S. Emery Ave. at 12:15 am.
Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor of the two story structure. A MABAS working was called which summoned the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department for mutual aid.
Penkoske called 911 after hearing a popping noise in the upstairs apartment. Penkoske lives on the first floor of the home and her daughter, Samantha Cate her two children, Sydney, 8 and Maysie, 2, reside in the upstairs apartment.
Firefighters were able to do a quick knock down of the blaze but there was extensive smoke and water damage throughout the house. The family lost all their belongings in the fire which is believed to have started in the upstairs kitchen. Earlier in the evening there was a small fire on the stove in the upstairs kitchen due to cooking but the City Fire Department was not called out.
Firefighters were on the scene until approximately 3 a.m., said Peshtigo Fire Chief Steve Anderson. Cause of the blaze is under investigation by the City of Peshtigo Fire Department. The Emergency Rescue Squad and Bay Area Paramedics also responded. There is no damage estimate at this time.
Clothing is needed for the family and can be dropped off at 441 S. Emery Ave., Peshtigo. Sydney is girls size 7-8, Maysi is girls size 4, and Samantha takes a woman's size 3-4, and size small to medium shirts.