THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
FIRE SCENEOver 40 firefighters from three departments battled a house fire at the J.P. Grabian residence, W2716 Kuran Lane, Peshtigo, Sunday, Jan. 20. When firefighters arrived, the residence was already engulfed in flames. Town of Peshtigo Assistant Fire chief Rich Seils is pictured along with two firefighters directing hose operations. Cause of the fire appears to be electrical in nature.
Grabian House Completely Destroyed By Fire Jan. 20
The house owned by J.P. and Ellen Grabian at W2716 Kuran Lane off Kozuszek Road, Right of Way Road, Peshtigo, was completely destroyed in a fire on Sunday, Jan. 20. The family was at church at the time of the fire. All their clothing and household items were also lost along with their two cats.
The Town of Peshtigo Fire Department received a call at noon Sunday and mutual aid assistance was requested from the City of Peshtigo Fire Department and Grover/Porterfield by 12:04 p.m. Over 40 firefighters battled the blaze.
Town of Peshtigo Fire Department Assistant Chief Rich Seils stated the mutual aid departments worked together excellent. Seils stated that prior to the page, thick black smoke could be seen miles away He went to investigate the source of the smoke, traveling down Schacht Road and Pheasant Farm Road, but was unable to pinpoint the location. By the time Seils was at the end of Pheasant Farm Road, his pager went off alerting Town of Peshtigo firefighters. Seils then went directly to the scene on Kuran Lane and with a first in report requested mutual aid. The garage portion was already engulfed in flames and the roof had collapsed, he stated. Seils kicked in the front door to see if anyone was in the home. Two vehicles were outside the residence.
Firefighters laid over 1000 feet of 5 large diameter hose to get close to the fire. Numerous attack lines were then used to get at the fire.
Cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature, according to investigators. Firefighters remained on scene for over four hours, according to Seils.
Other units assisting at the fire were Grover-Porterfield Fire Department, Emergency Rescue Squad, BAMC Paramedics, American Red Cross Chapter, Marinette County Sheriff Department and City of Peshtigo Police Department.