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Fire claims Antigo woman's life


ANTIGO, Wis. (WSAU) -- A house fire has claimed the life of an elderly Antigo woman Thursday.

Fire Chief Jon Petroskey says the fire began in her Arctic Street home shortly before 2 o’clock. “Units arrived on scene, and (there was) heavy smoke coming from the house. First-in crews did remove an elderly female from the house with the assistance of the Antigo Police Department. We did take measures of what we needed to do to try to revive her, transported her to Langlade Hospital, and she ended up passing away.”

It took over four hours to bring the blaze under control, and firefighters had to deal with hotspots well into the evening. Petrowsky says the house has extensive damage, and the State Fire Marshall has been called in to assist. “The home is a balloon-style construction, and a lot of the fire, as it would get into the walls would drop down into the basement, so we had several different basement fires along with an attic. It worked its way up into the attic, so we had fire in multiple locations of the house.” He says that along with the fatality is why the Fire Marshall is doing the investigation.

Much of the firefighting efforts had to be from the outside because it was too dangerous for attack teams to enter the house until late in the evening. “Once we had it somewhat more contained, we did make an interior attack again, and we were able to finally take care of it, which preserved a lot of the house intact so that the State Fire Marshall can do their full investigation and come to a conclusion. That’s what we’re hoping.”

The name of the woman has not been released.