Detached Garage Fire Spreads to Adjoining Structures

News Release

City of Fond du Lac Fire Department

Contact: Peter O’Leary, Fire Chief

920-322-3803 office direct

920-251-9806 cellular


September 4, 2010


Detached Garage Fire Spreads to Adjoining Structures


Fond du Lac- On Saturday September 4, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. Fond du Lac firefighters responded to a report of detached garage on fire at 358 W. 11th St.  Upon arrival firefighters found a fully involved garage at the rear of the 11th Street resident which had begun to spread to the house on the property as well as the house next door located at 464 Farwell.  Firefighters began to extinguish all three structure fires simultaneously.  The detached garage was destroyed and both residential structures were heavily damaged.  The detached garage at the Farwell address sustained heat damage as well.  Firefighters were hampered by strong winds which contributed to the rapid spread of the fires.


Over 30 firefighters were called to the scene; including all on-duty Fond du Lac crews as well as off-duty personnel. A MABAS Box Alarm was called which brought in resources to the scene from North Fond du Lac and station coverage from Mt. Calvary and the Town of Fond du Lac. The Red Cross was also called to the scene to provide resources to fire crews and the displaced residents.  


Police investigators stayed on the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.  Traffic in the area was rerouted by police while fire crews were on the scene. Nearby rail traffic was halted for a brief time so firefighting crews could access the scene.   There is no damage estimate available and no injuries reported.




Peter O'Leary, Fire Chief

City of Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue

815 S. Main St.

Fond du Lac, WI 54935

920-322-3802 office

920-251-9806 cell

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