A stray ember from a burn barrel is to blame for a two-story summer home in Carlsville burning down on Sunday. Egg Harbor Fire Department was paged just before 10 a.m. for a grass fire near Windsong Bluff Drive. The call escalated minutes later when it was learned that the house was on fire. With flames visible from a responding firefighter, Egg Harbor Fire Chief Justin MacDonald said he had to activate the 3rd Box Alarm of Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), which means every Door County department and fire departments from Brown and Kewaunee counties were called to assist. Flames were shooting out of the top floor of the home shortly after the first crews arrived at approximately 10:10 a.m. Firefighters would later have to establish water fill sites at the Carlsville Fire Station and Tractor Supply in Sturgeon Bay so there would be enough water to fight the blaze. After 100,000 gallons of water and 100 gallons of foam, the fire was under control after 12 p.m., and the scene was cleared just before 3:30 p.m.
MacDonald said the cause of the fire was a burn barrel similar to what many homeowners in Door County have. Fire escaped from the barrel, igniting some nearby grass before setting the house's siding ablaze. The homeowners were uninjured in the fire and have returned to their permanent residence in Illinois. No firefighters were injured.
Resources on scene included: Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Ephraim, Gibraltar, Baileys Harbor, Jacksonport, Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door, BUG Fire from Door County, Door County EMS, Door County Sheriff’s Office, Door County Highway Department, and Door County MABAS Incident Response Team. Resources from outside Door County: Algoma & Kewaunee Fire Departments and the New Franken & Denmark Fire Departments.