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Close call for Hainesville church

Timing was everything when it came to a fire call Friday morning for the Southern Door Fire Department. The department was dispatched to Hainesville Lutheran Church on County M, near Idlewild, just after 7 a.m. when a church employee caught the strong smell of burning smoke. Crews did not notice anything wrong until they found what appeared to be a burn spot hidden by some ceiling tile. After heading upstairs, firefighters found a lit spotlight that had fallen was slowly burning the floor. A two-foot section of the floor was eventually removed, but Southern Door Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Cihlar says it could have been a lot worse.

Algoma, Brussels-Union-Gardner, and Sturgeon Bay fire departments also responded to the call. Cihlar recommends people double-check their rooms before they leave them to make sure potential fire-starters do not have the opportunity to cause damage. It was the second call in about 24 hours for some on the Southern Door Fire Department, which responded to a barn fire in Kewaunee County Thursday night.


Picture courtesy of Hainesville Lutheran Church

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