Two area families were displaced this week after house fires occurred in the towns of Wayne and Farmington. A third home was saved after an alert neighbor noticed fire coming from a house in the Town of Wayne.
Wayne House Fire On February 15 at 8:23 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report of heavy smoke coming from the residence located at 8294 Broadview Lane in the Town of Wayne.
The caller/homeowner reported the toaster was on fire, but they put it out with a fire extinguisher and there might be fire in the wall. The Kohlsville Fire Department was paged and the call was upgraded to a MABAS call. Fire Departments from Kewaskum, West Bend, Allenton and St. Lawrence responded to assist.
Upon arrival of the first sheriff’s deputy and fire personnel, there was smoke coming from the soffit on the north side of the residence and coming out of the garage door on the south side of the residence. There were active flames also located in the kitchen area emanating from a corner of the kitchen where appliances were located on the counter.
The fire was extinguished by 9:02 a.m., and assistance from fire investigators from the Sheriff’s Office was requested. There were no reported injuries associated with the fire. This is an active investigation. The damage estimate is in excess of $100,000. The damage from the fire was confined to the kitchen area, but there is smoke and water damage as well.
Farmington House Fire On February 19 at approximately 3:44 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at 7720 Tomahawk Drive in the Town of Farmington. The fire was reported by a neighbor who observed flames coming from the rear portion of the two story residence.
The neighbor called 911 and ran over to the house to check on the neighbors. The four occupants inside the house were awoken by the smoke detectors and heavy smoke inside the residence. They were able to safely escape the home. The Fillmore Fire Department responded and was assisted by the Boltonville, Kewaskum, Newburg, Silver Creek and Waubeka fire departments.
Fire crews arrived and were able to quickly put out the blaze, although not prior to the fire spreading to the attic of the residence. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The home suffered severe damage as a result of the fire, smoke and water. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Fillmore Fire Department. Early indication points to the origin of the fire being most likely electrical in nature.
Alert Neighbor Saves House From Fire In Town Of Wayne The quick thinking of an alert neighbor likely saved a Town of Wayne home from major damage on February 12 at 11:04 a.m. The 63-year-old neighbor looked out his window and noticed large pieces of ash falling in his yard.
He then exited his home and saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the neighbor’s attached garage. He ran over to the home with a fire extinguisher while his wife called 911. After emptying the fire extinguisher on the fire, the man continued to put snow on the fire until a deputy arrived with another fire extinguisher.
Together, they were able to pull the combustible material away from the side of the garage and the home only received damage to the exterior siding. Investigators made contact with the homeowner who was not on scene. The homeowner had placed fireplace ash into a garbage can at 4 a.m. that morning. Prior to that, the ashes where inside a metal container outside the home for three days. Kohlsville Fire Department also arrived on the scene and completely extinguished the fire.