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Ruptured water line helps crews in Chippewa Co. put out fire


Chippewa County (WQOW) - Usually a ruptured water line in your home is a bad thing. But Friday it helped crews put out a fire. 

It happened in the town of Lafayette around 6pm. The Chippewa Fire District says when it first arrived to the home smoke could be seen from the outside of the house.

They say crews were able to put out the flames quickly with assistance from the ruptured line which created a sprinkler effect. The fire was contained to the furnace room but there was significant smoke damage to the home.

There wasn't anyone home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.


Chippewa Co. (Chippewa Fire District) - On April 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm the Chippewa Fire District was dispatched to a reported house fire at 188th Street in the Town of Lafayette, Chippewa County.

First arriving crews found smoke coming from the south side of the house. Crews advance lines into the house and located the fire in the basement furnace/work room. The fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters were aided by the fact a water line in the basement had ruptured and created a sprinkler effect in the room. The fire was contained to the furnace/work room. There was significant smoke damage to the home. The family of the home were not home at the time of the fire. The fire is currently under investigation but has been ruled an accidental fire.

An alert neighbor noticed smoke coming from the south side of the house and notified the Chippewa County Dispatchers. The Chippewa Fire District was assisted by the Cadott and Anson Fire Departments and all 4 Stations of the Fire District Responded. 20 Fire Apparatus responded with approximately 42 firefighters. No firefighters or civilians were injured. 

As a reminder the Fire Danger remains high or very high in the Chippewa Valley. Please check with your local fire department to see if burning is permitted. You may also check with your local Wisconsin DNR Ranger Stations to check on fire conditions in your area. Rain in the area has not been sufficient to lower the fire danger. Please be if your area allows open burning.

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