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3 people rescued and 1 dog dies in Kewaskum house fire | By Sgt Scott Hanson

May 25, 2024 – Kewaskum, WI – On Saturday May 25, 2024 at approximately 7:58 am the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 4350 Highway 28 in the Town of Kewaskum. The homeowner reported the residence was on fire and three residents were trapped inside.

The Kewaskum Fire Department was paged, and the Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Kewaskum Police Department. 

Upon arrival of the Kewaskum Police Officer several area residents had stopped at the house fire and were assisting the occupants out of the residence through a window that had to be broken out.

Two of the residents were treated on scene and another was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

One of the good Samaritan’s was treated on scene for minor cuts, and another was transported to an area hospital for a laceration to his hand. The Kewaskum Officer was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

The Kewaskum Fire Department quickly upgraded the structure fire to a working still level and later to the box level.

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The following fire departments responded to assist in fighting the fire; West Bend, Boltonville, Campbellsport, Kohlsville, Fillmore, Eden, Allenton, Newburg, Theresa, and Jackson. There were no reported injuries to fire personnel as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross was requested to respond to the scene to assist the family.

The Wisconsin State Patrol assisted in shutting down Highway 28 for approximately five hours to assist in firefighting efforts. The building and contents were a total loss. Additionally, the family’s dog was later discovered to have perished in the fire.

The house fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office fire investigators and Kewaskum Fire Department.

Below is the initial article published regarding the house fire in Kewaskum.

May 25, 2024 – Kewaskum, WI – UPDATE- A house at 4350 Highway 28 in Kewaskum has been deemed a total loss following an early morning fire.
Departments assisting include Boltonville, West Bend, Fillmore, Campbellsport, Allenton, Theresa, Kohlsville, and Jackson.

Tenders also trucked water to the scene.

 

The two people managed to get out of the building. West Bend ambulance also responded to the scene.

UPDATE – Early word is a passerby got the family out and then when the Fire Dept got there, there must been two dogs. Reportedly one got out and one perished.

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The fire call was elevated to first box by Kewaskum command at 8:25 a.m.

UPDATE: Neighbors say they “heard a loud bang at 7:30 a.m.”

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

It has been a busy 24 hours for firefighters as a home in Boltonville was possibly struck by lightning last night. The home burned to the ground. No injuries were reported.

This is a working story, and more information will be posted when details are available.

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