THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
FIRE SCENE - Firefighters from six area departments battled a stubborn house fire in the City of Marinette on Sunday, Jan.2. No injuries were reported but the home is considered a total loss according to Marinette Fire Chief Jay Heckel. Top Photo-Flames can be seen coming from the roof area of the two story home as firefighters prepare to enter. Bottom Left Photo-Firefighters hose down the porch area of the home to extinguish flames. Bottom Right Photo-Marinette Assistant Chief Steve Campbell directs operations telling firefighter Josh Plansky where to attack next. Marinette firefighter Jason Lemire is pictured putting a new air bottle on for firefighter Plansky.
Early Morning Fire Sunday Destroys Marinette Home
Issue Date: January 6, 2022
A Marinette home located at 926 Parnell Street was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning Jan. 2. The Marinette Fire Department received the call for a structure fire at 7:04 am. They along with the Menominee Fire Department responded within minutes. Once on scene, Marinette Fire Chief Jay Heckel called for a MABAS working still which brought in assistance from the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department. The stubborn fire was located in the upper level of the two story home and proved to be difficult to extinguish according to Chief Heckel.
Due to cold weather conditions and the stubborn fire Chief Heckel upgraded the MABAS alarm to a box level which brought in additional units from the City of Peshtigo, Grover-Porterfield and Wagner Fire Departments. Firefighters were able to rotate crews in and out of the burning residence. No one was injured in the blaze according to Chief Heckel. Several people renting the home at the time of the fire escaped without injury. Over 30 firefighters responded to the call at one time or another.
Cause of the fire is under investigation by the Marinette Fire Department but is believed to be electrical at this time. Other agencies responding to the fire were Emergency Rescue Squad, Aurora Bay Area Medical Paramedics, Marinette Police Department and Marinette Water Department. The home is considered to be a total loss. Firefighters remained on scene for over five hours.