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Wednesday afternoon house fire in Raymond leaves family displaced

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RAYMOND — A Wednesday afternoon fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage at a home along the Racine/Milwaukee county line, leaving a family displaced in its wake.

The adjoining home was deemed “uninhabitable,” according to Raymond Fire Chief Adam Smith, due to “moderate damage” fire extension into the dwelling. Smith said the homeowners were assisted by family members in finding temporary housing. The attached garage is a total loss.

No injuries were reported.

A 4:52 p.m. Wednesday, Raymond firefighters were dispatched to an initial report of a vehicle fire extending to a garage fire in the 10000 block of Eight Mile Road. Automatic mutual aid brought crews and equipment from the Union Grove-Yorkville, Kansasville and Wind Lake fire departments for additional manpower and extra water tenders due to the blaze being in a rural, non-hydranted area.

Once on scene, a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) box alarm was requested by Raymond for additional firefighters and water resources from the Caledonia, South Shore, Tichigan, Oak Creek, Waterford, South Milwaukee, Somers, Paris, Tess Corners and Franklin fire departments. Some of those departments manned the Raymond firehouse during the fire. Also assisting on scene were the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, Racine Fire Bells and We Energies.

“The car was fully involved and garage was fully involved when we arrived on scene,” Smith said. “As an attached garage, the fire extended into the house pretty significantly as well. It was an old-style farmhouse that had been added onto numerous times, so there were many void spaces that had hidden fire. Crews spent a pretty significant amount of time finding and extinguishing the fire.”

Due to the heavy fire involvement, Smith said initial firefighting efforts focused on “an attack with large diameter hose to hit it from the outside to knock the main body of the fire down,” after which firefighters transitioned to an interior fire attack inside the attached home, opening up walls and ceilings to “hit the fire in the void spaces.”

“It’s always a challenge to fight fire in areas where there is no water,” Smith said of firefighting in non-hydrant areas.

The cause of Wednesday afternoon’s fire was undetermined and still under investigation as of Thursday.


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