Sept. 16, 2017 – Town of Germantown, WI – On Sept. 16, 2017 at 8:08 a.m., authorities in Washington County were notified of a structure fire at W199 N 13791 Fond Du Lac Avenue in the town of Germantown.
The call was received from one of the five people who were home at the time of the fire. All of the residents evacuated the home with one of the adults being treated and released at the scene for smoke inhalation. The family requested and received assistance from the Red Cross.
The structure was a two-story farmhouse built in approximately 1890 and sustained heavy damage with the loss estimated by the owner at $150,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Richfield Fire Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. It does not appear suspicious at this time.
Richfield Fire and Rescue received help fighting the fire from 13 other area Fire Departments that included Germantown, Hartford, West Bend, Allenton, Newburg, St. Lawrence, Slinger, Jackson, Thiensville, Sussex, Merton, Lisbon and North Lake. They were further assisted by Lifestar Ambulance.
Firefighters rotated fighting the blaze due to weather-related temperatures with one firefighter being transported to an area hospital due to heat related, non-life threatening injury. STH 145 / Fond Du Lac Ave. was closed for approximately six hours while the fire was fought.
The location of the house fire is just south of Riteway Bus Company on the south side of Highway 145.