(Town of Calamus) Two families were displaced after fire swept through a Town of Calamus duplex Sunday evening. Crews responded to the Jolene Wille residence at W10282 County Road DE around 6:40pm to find smoke and flames coming from the basement of the two-story structure.
Deputy Chief Matt Christian says firefighters were able to access the basement from an outside entrance to attack the flames, extinguishing a majority of the blaze quickly. Smoke and heat damage did extend to the first and second floor and there was substantial damage to the basement-level. The cause remains under investigation, but Christian says the fire did originate in the basement.
All occupants of the building were able to exit before the emergency officials arrived on scene. Five people from two families were displaced, along with several pets. The family that lives in the down stairs apartment was not home at the time. No one was injured and all animals were recovered from the home. The occupants are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
The fire department was on scene for approximately two hours. Beaver Dam was assisted by fire departments from Horicon, Juneau, Watertown, Hustisford, Lowell and Randolph along with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Dodge County Emergency Response Team, Adams- Columbia Co-op and the American Red Cross.