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Fire melts siding, destroys garbage totes at E. Johnson St. home

Jun. 15, 2013
 
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Fond du Lac Police and Fire departments responded to a fire at 9:55 p.m. Thursday at 111 E. Johnson St. / Carlos Munoz/The Reporter Media

The Fond du Lac Communications Center received a call at 9:55 p.m. of a fire in the rear of a building at 111 E. Johnson St. on Thursday night.

A fire “extensively” melted the vinyl siding in the rear of the home, and destroyed a garbage and a recycling tote, Fond du Lac Fire Department Chief Peter O’Leary said.

“When we arrived on the scene we were told by police that the fire was on the northeast corner, in the rear of the building,” O'Leary said. “We went back to investigate and the fire appeared to be out.

“We further extinguished where the garbage tote and recycling tote were. The side of the house were the vinyl siding was, melted extensively. The tote that was used for recycling was destroyed. The other (garbage tote) sustained some damage. They did have a fire pit in the backyard, not in very close proximity, but we are certainly looking at that as a possible ignition source.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but will not displace a man and woman who neighbors said reside at the home.

“It was fortunate they noticed it when they did,” O'Leary said. “We were able to get out here and extinguish (the fire quickly).”

The Fond du Lac Police and Fire Departments responded to the call, and a block of E. Johnson Street was closed for about an hour as authorities ensured the blaze was extinguished.

Carlos Munoz can be reached at cmunoz@fdlreporter.com.

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