Three structures lost in Dewey fire

By Brandi Makuski

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Firefighters from seven departments were called to the 6700 block of Sandy Dr. on Tuesday afternoon to battle a structure fire.

Dewey Fire Chief Leroy Pukrop said when crews first arrived they saw one structure on the farm property fully engulfed, and the blaze spread to two other buildings nearby. All three are believed to be a total loss, he said.

“The plan of attack was, the first thing we do is save the buildings that were not engulfed,” Pukrop said. “We watered the house down, that was the first building to get water, then worked on attacking the fire.”

One person was inside the home when the fire began, he said, but safely evacuated. No one was injured as a result of the fire, but Tammy Obremski, whose family owns the property, said a large garage “filled with antiques” was destroyed. Several automobiles parked near one of the buildings were also destroyed.

Pukrop said Central Wisconsin Electric was called to the scene to help protect a power line in front of the home.

Firefighters from Rudolph, Mosinee, Kronnenwetter, Park Ridge, Hull, and the Dept. of Natural Resources were all called to the scene. Stevens Point paramedics were called to the scene, and Portage Co. deputies also assisted.

The smoke plume could be seen as far away at Whiting.

Crews left the scene at about 7 p.m.