A man was pulled from a burning house in Bristol’s Lake George neighborhood Thursday.
Bristol Fire Department Chief John Niederer said the department got the call for the house fire at 19206 101st St. at 11:14 a.m.
He said both his department and deputies from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department got to the house within about five minutes.
“When we arrived there was smoke and flames showing,” he said.
He said one resident was out of the house when they arrived and said that there could be one more person inside.
“We made an attack through the back door of the home and removed the victim from inside,” Niederer said.
He said both the residents were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Niederer said he had no information available on the ages or sex of the victims.
Neighbors said the victims were a man and his adult daughter, saying it was the father who was rescued from the home.
Two dogs also escaped from the house.
The small, one-story home was extensively damaged, Niederer said. From outside, it appeared that the interior was gutted.
“We were able to knock (the fire) down in less than 20 minutes,” Niederer said, saying that after firefighters initially went into the house to save the resident they then pulled out due to the extent of the fire and briefly fought the fire from outside before going back into the building.
The department automatically receives aid from fire departments from Salem Lakes, Pleasant Prairie, Newport and Antioch. They also called in additional help through the mutual aid box alarm system.
“In this area water becomes a struggle for us,” Niederer said.
Because there is no fire hydrant system in the rural neighborhood, water to fight fires is hauled in on trucks.
“On top of that we have heat today,” he said, saying because of the conditions, individual firefighters could only fight the fire for 15 or 20 minutes at a time so more firefighters were needed on the scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Niederer said the condition of the residents taken to the hospital was not yet known.
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