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Embers from a burn pile spark house fire in Town of Erin | By Assistant Chief Tony Burgard

April 24, 2024 – Hartford, WI – At 2:33 p.m. on April 24, 2024, Hartford Fire & Rescue responded to a reported fire on the roof of a single-family residential home. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered flames on the roof of the home, with the homeowner and a Deputy from Washington County Sheriff’s Office attempting to extinguish the flames.

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Hartford Fire & Rescue personnel were able to extinguish the fire and bring the situation under control in approximately 15 minutes.


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The house sustained minor to moderate fire damage to the roofing material but did not involve any structural components. No occupants of the home or responding firefighters were injured in this incident.

WE Energies responded to the incident but was not utilized.


In addition to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, assistance was requested from Richfield Fire, Ashippun Fire, and Lifestar EMS.


The primary residence was not affected, and the homeowners were able to remain in the home after the incident.

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The cause of the fire was found to be hot embers originating from a pile of tree limbs that the homeowner was burning on the property, which landed on the roof, igniting the cedar shake roofing material.

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