IRON MOUNTAIN — Working smoke alarms alerted a woman and two children who were sleeping on the second floor and were able to escape a fire that severely damaged a home Thursday afternoon at 801 E.C St., authorities said.
A family fire dog located and removed from the structure did not survive, despite resuscitation efforts with a pet rescue kit and later at Iron Mountain Animal Hospital, said Jeff Friedenstab, deputy director. Iron Mountain Fire Department.
The fire was reported at 2:27 p.m. and the first unit arrived within three minutes of the call to find heavy fire on the first floor of the 2.5-story house. A nearby house was also threatened.
In all, nine Iron Mountain firefighters responded, operating two engines and a ladder truck. No injuries were reported and the fire was under control by 2:46 p.m., Friedenstab said. The water supply was a fire hydrant 150 feet down the block, he noted.
Firefighters stayed home until 4:27 p.m., clearing hot spots and overhauling the structure. Iron Mountain Police and Public Works Departments, Integrity Care EMS, We Energies and DTE Energy assisted.
The house is uninhabitable due to the damage and the fire is still under investigation.
The dog was taken to the veterinary clinic by a police car. “Special thanks to Dr. (Brian) Scott and his team at Iron Mountain Animal Hospital for their efforts in resuscitating the family pet,” said Friedenstab.
The family of four received assistance from the American Red Cross of Wisconsin for emergency shelter and meals, as well as hygiene kits, blankets and toys, said Justin Kern, director of communications . Red Cross volunteers and local support agencies will work with the family in the coming days on the next steps in their recovery, Kern added.
Since the start of 2022, the American Red Cross has supported 913 people displaced by more than 180 residential fires in Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula.