Fire Chief Grateful No One Was Injured in Fire Saturday

Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman is grateful that no one was seriously injured in a major fire that severely damaged a 16-unit apartment complex on the city’s west side early Saturday morning. Dietman says his fire crews not only battled the blaze, but the bitterly cold conditions in a fire that was well established before department members arrived at the scene at 890 South Oxford Avenue shortly before 4:30AM. Mutual aid was also called in. The chief noted that the State Fire Marshal’s office was called in on Saturday, but the amount of water used left the burned out area encased in ice…


Chief Dietman says a final determination will be made by the insurance company’s investigator. He says the injuries could have been much more serious for the fireman who fell through the roof…


The other firefighters who were injured were struck by debris when a ceiling collapsed in one of the apartments…


Chief Dietman says the combination of working smoke detectors and the efforts of Sturgeon Bay Police officers to get the occupants out safely played a role in the low number and the nature of the injuries. He also credited the Sturgeon Bay Police Department for setting up a temporary shelter for the victims at city hall. In addition, the American Red Cross assisted the people in the 15 apartments who lost their homes and, in some cases, their possessions in the blaze.

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