Sunday fire had 11 fire departments respond

Greg Brown, Seymour Rural Fire Department fire chief, said estimated damage from the Sunday fire at N8701 French Road is more than $400,000. The machine shed, machinery and other nearby structures were damaged from the fire. – Submitted photo

By Sara Tischauser

A fire was reported on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:46 p.m.
Greg Brown, Seymour Rural Fire Department fire chief, said the Seymour rural Fire Department was the primary agency for the fire at N8701 French Road. When the initial report was made it was that a shed was smoking at the above address which belongs to William (Bill) Wrobleski. When the firefighters got to the address the shed was fully engulfed.
Brown said there was concern that the fire might spread to the barn nearby so more fire departments were called in. Brown said those responding to the fire and bringing water were Seymour Rural, Seymour City, Oneida, Nichols, Pulaski, Navarino-Lessor, Hobart, Freedom, Center, Ellington and Shiocton. Seymour Rescue, Outagamie County Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Outagamie County sheriff were all on hand for the fire.
With the cooperation of all the departments the blaze was able to be contained.
“We were able to stop fire from spreading to other structures,” Brown said.
Some explosions were heard during the fire and Brown said this was from the tires on machinery and tractors in the shed that exploded with the heat.
The initial shed that was on fire was a loss with the machinery, equipment and everything else that was in it. There was also exposure to another building. This building received damage from the initial blaze.
No one was injured in the fire and the fire is still being investigated.
“Investigators have identified the area where the fire started,” Brown said. “The fire investigation is continuing to confirm the exact heat source.” The scene was cleared at 5:08 p.m.