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Two County Homes Destroyed By Fire

Two Marinette County families lost their homes in fires last week. A fire totally destroyed the home of Tim Menger in Wausaukee on Jan. 30 and the Steve Dufeck family of Crivitz lost their home in a fire Jan 29.

A home owned by Tim and Shelly Menger along with their two children, Averie and Dalton, W5581 Hwy. 180, Wausaukee, was totally destroyed by fire on Thursday, Jan. 30. A neighbor called in the fire and the Wausaukee Fire Department was dispatched at 10:18 a.m., according to Chief Eric Edlebeck.

The single story home and garage was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. They did their best to do an interior attack, but when driven back by intense heat and flames with the integrity of the home compromised, firefighters went defensive, Chief Edlebeck stated.

Fire departments from Amberg and Wagner were called to assist Wausaukee with tender support and manpower. A total of 22 firefighters fought the blaze. No one was home when the fire started. The home and contents are a total loss. The couple and their children are living with Shelly’s parents, Jerry and Annette Schmidt in Wausaukee.

Chief Edlebeck said a backhoe from Richlen’s Excavating was brought in to remove the steel roof. Over 40,000 gallons of water was used in the fire and firefighters remained on scene until 7 p.m. There were no injuries. Also assisting at the fire was the Wausaukee Rescue Squad. Three pets were lost in the fire, two dogs and one cat. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Wausaukee Fire Department.

A fund has been set up at Bank North in Wausaukee to assist the family. Donations can be sent to Menger Fire Fund, c/o Bank North, 704 Main St., PO Box 380, Wausaukee, WI 54177.

The family plans to rebuild on the present site.

Fire destroyed the Steve Dufeck home at W7139 E. 23rd Rd., Crivitz, Wednesday, Jan. 29. The Coleman Fire Department responded to the alarm at approximately 2 p.m. Upon arrival firefighters found a large portion of the home engulfed in flames. Coleman Fire Department requested mutual aid from Pound Fire Department and Grover-Porterfield Fire Department for tenders and manpower.

A total of 24 firefighters fought the blaze but the home and contents are a total loss. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were on scene until approximately 6:30 p.m. Cause of fire is under investigation by the Coleman Fire Department.


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