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Five Area Departments Respond to Wausaukee Fire

Issue Date: July 26, 2018

A Village of Wausaukee home was heavily damaged by fire on Tuesday, July 17 according to Fire Chief Eric Edlebeck. The Richard Smith residence located at 1018 County Road C received heavy smoke, water and fire damage as a result of the blaze.

Chief Edlebeck reported that a lieutenant on the Wausaukee Fire Department was driving past Highway 141 in the village at 5:30 pm and saw a large amount of smoke and fire coming from the porch area of the residence. He immediately called Marinette County Dispatch and they paged Wausaukee Fire Department. The first fire unit arrived on scene at 5:33 pm and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the B side of the home in the porch area. Chief Edlebeck immediately called for a MABAS (mutual aid box alarm system) working still, which brought in additional units. He upgraded the alarm to the box level, immediately which additional units coming from Crivitz, Wagner, Amberg and Middle Inlet. The fire at this time had burned through and into the attic area and proceeded to burn through the roof. Firefighters were able to get into the residence and extinguish the fire except in the attic area. Once additional manpower arrived on scene firefighters were able to use piercing nozzles and vertical ventilation to knock down the remaining fire.

Chief Edlebeck reported firefighters were able to save all but one of the many animals that were inside the residence. The one dog that was missing was later found in a back room and was coaxed out by the homeowner. Firefighters remained on scene till 8:44 pm. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Wausaukee Fire Department. Wausaukee Rescue Squad also responded to the alarm along with the Marinette County Sheriff's Department.

Donations for the Betts and Smith families can be made to Stephenson National Bank, P.O. Box 380 Wausaukee, WI 54177 or Stephenson National Bank P.O. Box 137 Marinette, Wi 54143. Checks must be made out to Betts & Smith Fire Fund

Battle Fire"Firefighters from five area departments battled a stubborn house fire in Wausaukee on Tuesday, July 17. The home received heavy water, smoke and fire damage according to Wausaukee Fire Chief Eric Edlebeck. Top Photo-Firefighters are pictured venting the roof of the residence and passing a hose line. Bottom Photo-A Wausaukee firefighter venting the roof as flames break through. Firefighters remained on scene for over three hours. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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