Almost 13-year-old Darrin Thompson Jr. said he woke up to an alarm coming from the basement after midnight on Tuesday. As he approached the basement door, it smelt like a burnt coffee pot, he said. When he opened the door smoke came out, so he shut it and alerted the rest of his family.
The Rice Lake Fire Department was dispatched to the fire on S. Main Street at 12:14 a.m. Tuesday.
Homeowner Holly Thompson said she had called 911 as they quickly exited the house. Darrin Jr. left his walking cast behind.
All occupants were out of the home, and smoke was coming from the basement when the first fire crew appeared on scene, according to a RLFD press release.
The fire department could not perform an interior attack due to reduced on-duty staffing, the release stated. Homeowner Holly Thompson said fire fighters prepared for an attack by laying out hose while they waited for more responders.
Thompson said her husband was able to smoke a cigarette before the next crew arrived.
The department's ladder truck arrived on scene 12 minutes later, according to the call detail report, and an interior attack was begun about 17 minutes after a crew was initially on scene.
The press release stated the interior attack was delayed by nearly 17 minutes. Once adequate staffing was on scene, RLFD made an interior attack utilizing two 1 ¾” attack lines into the basement.
The fire was confined to the basement of the home, however there was smoke damage throughout the home.
Numerous windows of the home were open this morning to air it out, and a smoke smell lingered around the edges of the structure.
Holly Thompson said the fire's origin was in the southeast corner of the basement. She said she is in contact with insurance companies.
Eighteen Rice Lake firefighters, two engines, an aerial apparatus and a command vehicle responded to the incident, the release stated.
No one was injured in the fire, and the Red Cross provided assistance and temporary lodging to the family of five that resided in the home, according to an email sent by Communications Officer Justin Kerns of the Wisconsin Red Cross.
Preliminary dollar loss has not been determined at this time and the cause of this fire is under investigation by RLFD.