Fire claims family home, possessions


ATTACKING a blaze from multiple angles, volunteer firefighters collaborate to extinguish a tricky fire that ultimately destroyed the Engel residence and all its contents at 29 Quail Run, Wednesday, April 16. The cause is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A family of four has been left without a home and most of their possessions following a fire that destroyed their Fredericksburg residence last Wednesday afternoon, April 16.

There is no foul play suspected, but an investigation continues into what may have started the fire in the area of the bedrooms on the north end of the mostly-wooden home belonging to Sheldon Paul Engel at 29 Quail Run, according to Steve Olfers, county fire marshal.

The home, which was insured and was valued at around $91,000, as well as its contents of undetermined value at this time, are considered “a total loss,” Olfers said.

Neither Engel nor his wife and children were at home at the time the fire started. It was first noticed by a neighbor who called 9-1-1 around 2:20 p.m. to report that flames and smoke were visible along its roofline, Olfers said.

“It had a good head start on us when we got there,” Olfer said, adding that the A-frame construction style of the home “itself raised some issues for us.”

“The A-frame created some hidden spaces that the fire found pretty quickly, but which we had a hard time getting to,” he said.

Battling the blaze for a total of about four hours were over 30 volunteer firefighters from the Fredericksburg, Willow City and Stonewall Volunteer Fire Departments.

The Doss Volunteer Fire Department covered at the Fredericksburg fire station for the duration of the incident.

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