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BREAKING - Blaze near fire station results in minor injuries

October 21, 2010 | 09:23 AM
An early morning fire Wednesday, Oct. 20, across the street from the Lake Geneva Fire Station, resulted in minor injuries as 14 residents no longer have a home.

The Fire Department was dispatched at 1:41 a.m. to 741 Marshall Street, the same road the fire station is located on. The volunteer department members responded with a fire engine to the location five minutes later. The city of Lake Geneva has a paid-on-premises program during the daytime on weekdays only, so the firefighters who responded had to travel from their homes to the station and then to the blaze.

Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire on the second floor enclosed porch that had spread into the living area of the second floor. Fire personnel were able to bring the fire under control within 10 minutes. However, the damage had already been done from heat, smoke and water.

Fourteen residents from the two-unit home managed to escape the fire. One suffered burns to the hands, five from minor smoke inhalation and eight others refused treatment.

Lake Geneva Fire Chief Brent Connelly credited the rapid response of his experienced and trained personnel for the quick action that saved the structure and prevented the spread of the flames to nearby structures.

"Ironically, this is Fire Prevention Month for us here in Lake Geneva," he said. "There were no working smoke detectors in the second floor apartment where the fire originated."

Connelly said that a child who lives in one of the apartments frequently visits the department and is given tours of the facility and apparatus.

"I'd like to believe the efforts of our Fire Prevention and Public Education programs pay off in instances such as these," he said.

All elderly or low income residents of the city of Lake Geneva who do not have smoke detectors are encouraged to all the Lake Geneva Fire Department at (262) 248-6075 and request assistance from the bureau and the free smoke detector installation program.

The home is inhabitable and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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