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Menasha duplex catches fire, no one home, all pets safe

Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue extinguish flames at duplex
Posted at 5:30 PM, Jul 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-28 18:40:25-04

MENASHA (NBC 26) — Thursday evening, at around 5:30 p.m., the second story of a duplex on 1st Street in Menasha caught fire.

Neenah-Menasha Fire Chief Adam Dorn said his team was able to respond to the fire in less than two minutes.

The team responded with three engines, and the fire was extinguished quickly, but they spent extra time clearing the house to make sure no one was injured.

Fortunately, the tenant and his dog were not home at the time, and no other floors of the duplex caught fire. There were no injuries to tenants or fire responders.

Unfortunately, it's estimated that the fire caused about $220,000 of property damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced tenants in the meantime.

Chief Dorn said there were no working smoke detectors in either of the residences, and the home was not equipped with a home fire sprinkler system.

"There are 41 home fire deaths in the state of Wisconsin this year alone," Dorn said. "None of them that we have been able to find have had working smoke detectors."

Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue said it's important to remember all of the following smoke alarm safety rules:

  • Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Make sure cords are not running across doorways or under carpets.
  • Heat-producing appliances such as a toaster, coffee maker, iron, or microwave oven draw a lot of electricity. Plug only one heat-producing appliance in each outlet to prevent wiring from overheating.
  • Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have
    • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
    • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.
    • Discolored or warm wall outlets
    • A burning or rubbery smell comes from an appliance.
    • Flickering or dimming lights o Sparks from an outlet