An exact cause is yet to be determined of a fire that destroyed a home in the Town of Red River on Wednesday afternoon.
The Luxemburg Fire Department was called to the scene of a fully-engulfed home shortly after 2 p.m. on Wellers Lane. Flames were coming out of the front door and side windows and beginning to pierce the roof when the Luxemburg Fire Department called for extra assistance en route to the home. Once they arrived, firefighters could knock down the fire from the outside before entering the home.
Luxemburg Fire Chief Lew DuChateau said that due to the number of voids in the home that allowed the fire to breathe, crews had to cut into the home's roof and attic to fight the blaze. Firefighters had most of the fire under control within the first hour of their efforts, which required several apparatus including a ladder truck. DuChateau said the homeowners were outside of the house but on the property when the fire began. While there were no injuries, the home is a total loss and three dogs, two cats, and two turtles died in the fire.
Fire Departments from Luxemburg, Casco, New Franken, Brussels-Union-Gardner, Kewaunee, and Tisch Mills, Luxemburg Rescue, and the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department assisted with the fire, which included shutting down County Highway DK for a couple of hours. DuChateau said they were able to clear the scene a little more than four hours after they arrived.