A family was displaced Tuesday night after a fire severely damaged their home at W3060 Cemetery Road in the town of Seymour.
– Photo by Dan Maglior
By Brian Paynter Reporter
A family of five remains with relatives after a fire severely damaged their two-story home Tuesday night in the town of Seymour.
“They (two adults and three children) were able to narrowly escape the fire as it rapidly reached the house from an attached garage,” Greg Brown said.
Brown, administrative chief of the Seymour Rural Fire Department, said no one was injured during the blaze at W3060 Cemetery Road.
However, he said, a cat perished, and a 6-month-old, 10-pound dachshund dog named Minnie, ran off and hasn’t been recovered.
According to the land records office at the Outagamie County Register of Deeds, in Appleton, Adam Court owns the property where the fire occurred.
Brown said authorities continue investigating the blaze. The house, which sustained structural, heat, smoke and water damage, is uninhabitable and a total loss, he said.
According to Brown, the fire department received the call at 8:35 p.m., and the first unit arrived at the scene about 8:44 p.m. Firefighters found an attached garage fully engulfed and heavy fire spreading into the kitchen of the house. They had the blaze under control by about 9:45 p.m. and returned to the fire station at 12:13 a.m.
Agencies that assisted included the Seymour area, Oneida, Black Creek and Nichols fire departments, Seymour Police Department, Seymour Rescue, Outagamie County Communications Center and Community Emergency Response Team and WE Energies.
Brown said there’s a campaign underway to find their dachshund, Minnie. A county highway department employee, who was plowing snow about 5 a.m. on Wednesday, spotted the dog on State Highway 55 north of Gardener Road. He wasn’t able to capture the dog. Another sighting of the dog was reported about 7 a.m. on Wednesday in the area of Highway 55 and County Road VV.
“They’re (family members) getting a little concerned because of the cold weather,” he said. “We’re hoping that someone picked up the dog and just doesn’t know where to take it.”
Anyone with information on the dog’s location should contact the town constable at 920-833-7488.
When Packer’s Pizza & Sub Shop in Seymour became aware of the devastating fire and the family that lost everything they set up their Facebook page and asked people to help the family out with basic necessities. At this time gift cards and /or monetary gifts would be appreciated. They are staying with family and currently don’t have anywhere to place household items. Basic necessities like diapers and wipes (for a one month old) would be appreciated and clothing for their three small children including boys/girls pants size 5 and boys/ girls shirts size 6.
Packer’s Pizza & Sub Shop will be collecting donations at their shop for the family as well.