Neighbors help first responders during Door County fire

Posted at 8:05 PM, Jul 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-15 21:11:37-04

A fire in Door County does some damage, but firefighters say they got some help from some quick thinking neighbors.

First responders say a fire at a manufactured home at Chaudior's Dock may have started outside the home, before jumping into it. 

"It started outside the trailer. Inside underneath it, we accessed the hole through the floor, contained the fire to the floor part of the trailer and ended up clearing out the smoke," said Ryan Wery, Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department.

But putting the fire out was a collaborative effort and, according to people in the area, not just between fire departments.

It was people on boats who saw the smoke, and started yelling at neighbors to call the fire department and get some help. 

"While we were in route we were notified that the neighbors were trying to extinguish it with a garden hose," said Wery. 

One man, who didn't want to go on camera, says he even went inside to help the family's dog.

Firefighters say they appreciate the assist, as long as everyone stays safe. 

"Help as best as your ability. What they were doing was perfectly fine. They were trying to help," said Wery. 

Officials say the fire is under investigation. 

"We do have a couple ideas but we're just going to further evaluate it and pinpoint it," said Wery.

Firefighters say the damage probably caused between 10-and-15 thousand dollars in damage, but fortunately, no one got hurt.