April 1, 2018 – Town of West Bend, WI – On Saturday March 31, 2018 at approximately 8:52 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at 4049 Lake Drive in the Town of West Bend. The fire was reported by the homeowner as a chimney fire which may have moved into the walls of the residence.
The Slinger Fire Department was paged and the call was upgraded to the MABAS Box Level. Fire Departments from St. Lawrence, Allenton, Hartford, Jackson, Kewaskum, and West Bend responded to the scene to assist.
Upon arrival of the first Sheriff’s Deputy heavy smoke was seen coming from the roofline and flames were reported around the chimney area. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished just after 10 p.m. Lake Drive was closed to traffic for approximately three hours to assist in firefighting efforts.
There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire. The home sustained significant damage as a result of the fire, smoke and water. The damage estimate is in excess of $200,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Slinger Fire Department however early indications point to a fireplace which was being used at the time.