Fire in Marinette County leaves one dead, State Fire Marshal investigating

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – A Monday evening fire in Wausaukee left one person dead, and the incident is under investigation.

According to the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, on January 23 around 9:15 p.m., authorities were notified of a fire on Elizabeth Street in Wausaukee. Authorities say that one person died in connection to the fire.

Wausaukee Fire Rescue Chief Eric Edlebeck says, “In the beginning, we thought we had a fully engulfed, internal apartment fire, which turned out it was just a storage shed that was fully engulfed. It was extending up into the second floor of the building where some of the fire had entered into the second story.”

Within an hour’s time, crews put out the flames. One of the volunteer firefighters Joseph Wolf, lives in the apartment complex next door.

He says, “I was worried if there was any kids or any people in there. Even the neighbors, I was worried, especially apartment 2. I called her mom, and she’s my best friend’s mom, so I hurried up and made sure she was out, because she’s on crutches.”

Edlebeck anticipates the tenants of the apartments that were not damaged can return within the next two days. Currently, between 7-10 tenants are displaced.

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office reportedly requested the State Fire Marshal at the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation to help in the investigation. The cause of the fire as well as where it started is under investigation.

Edlebeck also says he predicts the cost of damage is between $60,000-$70,000.

An autopsy has been ordered to identify the victim.

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The following agencies helped at the scene:

  • Wausaukee Fire
  • Middle Inlet Fire
  • Wausaukee Rescue
  • WI Public Service
  • WI Fire Marshall’s Office
  • Marinette County Dispatch
  • Marinette County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Marinette County Sheriff’s Office

No additional information was provided. Local 5 will continue to update this story.