By Brandi Makuski
Six fire departments were activated early Monday morning for a house fire on the north side of Plover.
Portage Co. dispatchers paged Metro Fire units—consisting of Plover, Stevens Point, and Hull—at 12:13 a.m. on March 15. Plover Fire Chief Mark Deaver said the first crew arrived on the scene at 12:15 to find the garage at 2651 Golden Rd. engulfed in flames.
“I put out a box alarm before I even got there, with the garage being attached to the house,” Deaver said/ A box alarm activates fire departments from Park Ridge, Stockton, and Rudolph. Park Ridge and Stockton firefighters responded to the scene; Rudolph firefighters stationed themselves at the Plover Fire Department to cover any additional calls.
Fire departments have mutual aid agreements with each other to respond when additional manpower is needed on the scene of an incident. A “box” area is one with a predetermined list of fire vehicles and personnel from various fire stations that will be dispatched to the incident at that location.
Deaver said the fire was largely contained to the garage, though there was some fire damage to the kitchen and the second floor of the home. All of the occupants, and their pets, had evacuated safely by the time firefighters arrived.
“This house had a drywall ceiling in the garage, so it held the fire a little longer,” Deaver said.
A car parked inside the garage was a total loss. Deaver said crews used a winch from a fire engine to drag the vehicle from the garage to ensure it wouldn’t spark and reignite the flames.
Deaver said he believes the home is still inhabitable. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Wisconsin Public Service, the Plover Police Department, and an ambulance from PFD were also on the scene.
Deaver said crews finished mopping up at about 3:30 a.m.