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VIDEO | Kewaskum fire victims offer a note of ‘Thanks to everyone who has stepped up with support.’

May 1, 2018 – Kewaskum, WI – Matt and Amy Herriges have been walking around the charred rubble of what used to be their family home on Odawa Circle in Kewaskum. Today the wind kicked up; Matt warned to protect your eyes from small shards of glass and debris.

The couple asked to relay a message thanking everyone for their support in this dire time. They were thankful for the volunteer firefighters who worked so hard. They were thankful for the generosity of friends and family and friends they didn’t even know they had. They were thankful for the prayers and support.

A walk around the remains of the home is numbing. The frame of a wall is distinguishable, as well as a child’s bike and a car. It’s hard to believe no one was injured. The Herriges family is thankful for that too.


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Press Release issued by the Kewaskum Fire Department

CONTACT: Fire Chief Mark Groeschel (262) 626-6731


Kewaskum Wisconsin — The Kewaskum Fire Department responded yesterday, 4/30/2018, at approximately 1336 hours to a reported structure fire at 845 Odawa Circle. Prior to units leaving the Fire Station, Washington County Dispatch advised that there were 2 structures involved at this time. Kewaskum Fire units arrived on scene and found 2 residential homes with heavy fire and smoke showing. Additional departments were requested via the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System or MABAS to the 2nd Box level to respond to the scene to assist Kewaskum Fire Department.

Those assisting Departments were West Bend Fire Department, Boltonville Fire Department, Newburg Fire Department, Kohlsville Fire Department, Campbellsport Fire Department, Fillmore Fire Department, Beechwood Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department, Kewaskum Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Due to the high winds, 3 other structures across the street and one structure next to the fire building received heat damage.

During the height of the fire, another structure fire was reported approximately 4 blocks away. That fire was brought under control with an estimated damage of $5,000. Firefighters remained on the scene for approximately 5 hours.

The fire is still under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the exact cause and dollar loss is undetermined at this time.

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