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Fond du Lac City Police
Tuesday September 7th, 2010 :: 11:52 a.m. CDT


Investigators Determine Cause of Weekend Fires

Fond du Lac Police Department Investigators and Fire Department Officials have determined that a weekend fire to a detached garage that spread to 2 adjoining houses was caused by negligent handling of burning materials. Detective Lee Mikulec was able to establish that two Fond du Lac boys, ages 7 and 9 had been playing with matches and lighting paper towels on fire behind the detached garage. The parents of the two boys were cooperative with investigators. Both boys are being referred to the Fire Department’s Juvenile Fire Starters Program.

On Saturday, September 4, 2010, at 4 p.m. Fond du Lac firefighters and police personnel 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 residence 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 on 11th Street 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 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. No injuries were reported in this incident.

Fond du Lac City Police
126 N Main St
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 920-322-3700

358 W 11th St
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

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