(Beaver Dam) Fire damaged a house in the city of Beaver Dam Saturday morning. Crews were dispatched to a residence owned by John Howland at 308 East Main Street at 9:49am following multiple 9-1-1 calls. No one was at home at the time, but neighbors indicated there may be animals trapped.
Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says he already had one ambulance crew out on an EMS call, so the three remaining on-duty firefighters responded. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and fire was coming from the first floor of the two-story, single-family home.
Personnel initially directed their water lines at the fire coming from the first floor window, knocking the flames down. By that time, additional paid on-call and off-duty firefighters arrived and deployed a second hose line, extinguishing most of the remaining blaze.
A preliminary search for possible victims was conducted and a single, unresponsive, large-breed puppy was rescued. As additional resources arrived, a secondary search was completed along with an overhaul to find hidden fire.
The rescued puppy was revived by EMS on scene but needed further emergency care. An available Beaver Dam Police Officer and a paramedic transported the puppy to Willow Pet Hospital for treatment, where he was said to open his eyes and begin wagging his tail.
No injuries were reported. Crews remained on the scene for about 90 minutes. Beaver Dam Fire, along with the Beaver Dam Police Department, conducted a routine fire origin and cause investigation. No immediate cause was determined. Beaver Dam was also assisted on scene by fire departments from Juneau, Burnett, Lowell and Reeseville along with Alliant Energy.
While personnel were on the scene of the fire, Chief Mannel says Beaver Dam had two other emergency calls. The first was an EMS call in the city that was handled by Watertown EMS, who was staffing the station. The second was a two-car crash on Highway 33 and County B with three injuries. Beaver Dam was able to handle that call with the help of Clyman Fire, and Randolph and Juneau EMS.