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FIRE SCENE - Smoke could be seen blowing over Highway 141 in Middle Inlet Saturday, Jan. 22, from a house fire. Firefighters from ten departments responded, but the home and contents were destroyed. Both lanes of Highway 141 were closed during the fire to allow firefighters time to work. Bottom Photo:Firefighters use an aerial ladder from the Grover-Porterfield Fire Department to assist with the fire. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Middle Inlet Fire Department.

Ten Fire Departments Respond To Middle Inlet House Blaze

Issue Date: January 26, 2022

Saturday Jan. 22 turned out to be a very busy day for the Middle Inlet Fire Department, according to Middle Inlet Fire Chief John Kleuskens. The department started out training for cold water rescue from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then responded to a structure fire in Middle Inlet at 11:39 a.m.

Chief Kleuskens said his department was called to N9217 US Highway 141 a home owned by Mary Lou Jacomet for a structure fire. Upon arrival firefighters were met with heavy smoke and flames coming from the second story window of the residence. Fire also extended to the first floor which was also attached to an old General Store. A detached garage was also less than eight feet from the residence. Chief Kleuskens requested a MABAS working still activation which brought additional units from Crivitz and Wausaukee. Kleuskens later had to upgrade the alarm to a first box level and then to a second box level for additional assistance. Eventually ten departments were called to help battle the blaze. Both lanes of Highway 141 were shut down due to the smoke and to allows firefighters to work the blaze. The fire was contained to the residence but the General Store did sustain some smoke and water damage. Eventually the roof of the residence collapsed and a backhoe from Dan Risner Excavating was brought in to tear apart the burned structure. Approximately 51 firefighters responded from ten departments along with 18 pieces of apparatus. Tenders hauled water from the Village of Crivitz to the scene with approximately 100,000 gallons of water used on the blaze. Departments assisting at the scene in addition to the Middle Inlet Fire Department, included Crivitz Fire Department, Wausaukee Fire Department, Town of Stephenson Fire Department, Wagner Fire Department, Town of Lake Fire Department, Grover-Porterfield Fire Department, Town of Peshtigo Fire Department, Athelstane Fire Department and Silver Cliff Fire Department. Other agencies responding included Crivitz Rescue Squad with two units, Marinette County Sheriff's Department, Marinette County Sheriff's Auxiliary, Marinette County Highway Department, Red Cross and Wisconsin Public Service.

Chief Kleuskens stated there were no injuries and cause of the fire is under investigation by the Middle Inlet Fire Department. He thanked Red Cross for delivering food from Subway and thanked Kwik Trip for their donation of food and refreshments. He also thanked Crivitz Rescue Squad members for coordinating the refreshments, establishing a rehab area and assisting the home occupants with care. Chief Kleuskens praised the Marinette County Dispatchers for the great job they did getting all the needed responders to the scene. The last fire department cleared the scene at approximately 5 p.m.


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