Home damaged by late-afternoon fire

A rural Oconto home was extensively damaged Feb. 27 in a fire that brought out crews from four fire departments, among other agencies.

Capt. Josh Bostedt of the Oconto Fire and Rescue Department said emergency personnel were dispatched about 4:20 p.m. to 4437 Molitor Road in the town of Oconto for a report of a structure full of smoke. When they arrived, they found the single-story frame home with smoke showing through the eaves on all sides.

Crews made entry to find thick smoke, high heat and an active fire just inside the door, Bostedt said. The fire was quickly knocked down, and a thermal imaging camera was used to search for fire extension in the walls and attic.

The Oconto Falls, Little River and Pensaukee fire departments were called in for manpower and assisted with hauling water. Pensaukee First Responders and the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department also assisted, and Wisconsin Public Service was called to disconnect the electricity.

The occupants got out safely, and no one was injured. The fire remains under investigation, Bostedt said.

Four engines, three water tenders, one ambulance, one rescue truck, one equipment van and approximately 28 firefighters from the area responded.