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Fires in Dunn and Eau Claire Counties keep crews busy Monday

Crews put out flames near Menomonie Crews put out flames near Menomonie
Olson Drive fire in town of Seymour Olson Drive fire in town of Seymour

Dunn County, Eau Claire County (WQOW)- Area fire crews were busy on Monday. 

Firefighters were needed just south of Menomonie around 4:30 in the afternoon. A News 18 reporter said roads in the are of 490th Avenue were being blocked off as crews worked to save a home. The Menomonie Fire Department says flames began in a truck inside an attached garage, before spreading to the home. 

No one was hurt in the fire. It was put out in about 20 minutes. Several pets were rescued by the home's owner. Crews say the home was left with a lot of smoke damage. 

At around the same time crews were called to action near Menomonie they were needed in the town of Seymour. A garage, along Olson Drive, caught fire and quickly spread to a home.

Crews from Township Fire Department, Altoona, Fall Creek and Chippewa Fire District tried to knock down flames as the roof caved in. Meanwhile, a grass fire started behind the home and burned about a half acre. 

No one was home when the fire started.  An off-duty police officer driving by spotted it. The Township Fire Department says flames started in the back of the garage where the owner had just gotten done extracting honey from bee hives. The large amount of wax in the garage fueled the fire. The home was destroyed and along with it $35,000 in bee equipment and product. 


Press Release from Township Fire Dept. - Township fire units responded to a off duty police officers report of a fully involved garage fire. When fire units arrived on scene the garage fire had actually spread to the residence. Due to the intensity of the initial fire the house ignited rapidly and fire crews were unable to stop the spread of the fire. Assistance from area departments including Altoona, Chippewa Fire District and Fall Creek assisted Township with manpower and equipment. A secondary grass fire also burned approximately 1/2 acre behind the residence.  Initial investigation indicates the fire started in the rear of the unattached garage in which the occupant had recently finished extracting honey from bee hives. The amount of wax in the building created a heavy fire load that spread quickly which hampered the initial attack efforts of the fire crews.  Approximately $35,000 in bee equipment and product were lost in addition to the house of unknown value at this time. No one was home at the time of the call. 


Menomonie (WQOW) - A fire that started in a vehicle had firefighters busy near Menomonie Monday afternoon.

Around 4:30 a fire was reported south of Menomonie near 490th Avenue. A News 18 reporter says roads in that area had been blocked off. The Menomonie Fire Department says the blaze started as a truck fire before spreading to the garage and eventually to the home attached to the garage.

No one was injured. Several pets were rescued by the home's owner.

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