Two families displaced by fire
Duplex burns in New London
By John Faucher
Seven individuals are displaced and one fire fighter received minor injuries from a duplex fire in New London on Friday, April 22.
Firefighters responded to 1110 Robin St. shortly after 4 p.m. after receiving a call that a car was on fire inside a garage.
According to Lieutenant Jake Dishno in a press release, when fire crews arrived they observed heavy smoke coming from the eaves of a single story, side-by-side duplex.
Firefighters initiated their attack on the two garage stalls located in the center of the building.
Firefighters used a tow strap to pull a burning car out of one of the stalls to prevent further spread of the fire. The cause of the fire was undetermined as of Monday, April 25.
Dishno said that all members of families living in the duplex were accounted for.
The injured firefighter has since been released from the hospital. The medical observation concern was attributed to a “smoke inhalation issue,” Dishno said on Monday.
Firefighters conducted a secondary search to rescue pets, including a rabbit, a guinea pig, a hamster and two cats.
Dishno said the two cats escaped on their own. The other animals were rescued by firefighters and appeared unharmed.
Fire damage was confined to the two garage stalls, the vehicle that had been inside the garage, and the attic immediately above the garage stall. Firefighters also had to cut a hole in the roof above the attic to vent the fire.
There was significant smoke and water damage to both apartments.
Dishno said a family of five and a family of two are displaced as a result of the fire.
The Red Cross arrived to assist both families.
New London Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the New London Police Department and NL Utilities, Gold Cross Ambulance, New London First Responders, Manawa, Hortonville, Weyauwega and Bear Creek fire departments.