House Fire Saturday on Washington Island

There was a house fire on Washington Island early Saturday morning. The call came in shortly after 1:15AM for a structure fire on Town Line Road, just east of Deer Lane Road. Being a structure fire, an automatic MABAS call went out to the fire departments of mainland northern Door County. Washington Island Fire Chief Pete Nehlsen reports the home’s one occupant had escaped the fully-involved burning building, so this determined their approach to the fire…

The island firefighters were able to extinguish most of the fire in the first hour. Various northern Door County fire departments sent some equipment and more manpower across on a ferry. It took about an hour for them to arrive, and Fire Chief Nehlsen says they arrived just in time to relieve his island crew…

They used approximately 16,000 gallons of water to fully extinguish the fire. The homeowner was reportedly taken by ambulance to the hospital in Sturgeon Bay with 3rd degree burns. Fire Chief Nehlsen reports that an unrelated medical call happened during the fire call which took away two of his medical crew with the other ambulance. This was an added complexity to the situation, but Fire Chief Nehlsen says his crew took it in stride and performed very well. The home was a total loss due to the fire, and the cause remains under investigation. All crews were able to clear the scene by 5AM, and aside from the homeowner there were no additional injuries.

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