A home in the town of Red River was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon (April 10).
Nine fire departments responded shortly before 4 p.m. to the blaze at N7435 Rendezvous Road northwest of Luxemburg.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. The Luxemburg Community Fire Department released this summary:
While en route, firefighters were notified from the dispatch center that the house was fully engulfed. The occupants all got out safely. The fire was quickly upgraded to a multiple alarm fire.
Upon arrival firefighters found a two-story single family residence with heavy fire throughout the interior of the structure. There was also a barn close to the house directly downwind of hot blowing embers. Firefighters knocked down much of the fire in the house from a defensive position. Crews also watered and foamed the barn to prevent it from starting on fire. As firefighters worked on extinguishing the house fire, a separate crew was sent to investigate the interior of the barn. That crew found cattle in a smoke filled barn and firefighters were able to get the cattle out.
With fire suppression in the home becoming difficult, the decision was made to try to knock down the remaining fire with an interior attack crew. As firefighters worked their way through the home up to the second floor, conditions worsened with the likelihood of flashover, and the decision was made to pull firefighters out of the structure. Most of the remaining attack was made from a defensive position.
The home and contents are considered a total loss.
The Red Cross provided food for firefighters and assistance to the occupants.
Fire departments who provided assistance on scene, at fill sites, or backfilling stations were: B.U.G., Southern Door, Algoma, Kewaunee, Casco, New Franken, Denmark and Tisch Mills. Luxemburg Rescue stood by on scene.
Firefighters remained on the scene for over 5 hours.
There were no injuries.
Mindy Dax of Luxemburg established a GoFundMe page to raise money to help the family through the crisis. Find it at this link.
Video and photos from the scene: