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10/25/2012 4:10:00 PM
Star Lake house damaged by fire
Several area fire departments respond
With the fire out, firefighters prepare to go back into the Wadinski house in Star Lake Friday to look for hot spots.Brian Jopek photograph

With the fire out, firefighters prepare to go back into the Wadinski house in Star Lake Friday to look for hot spots.

Brian Jopek photograph

A firefighter uses his axe to break the glass to an upstairs window on the Wadinski house in Star Lake Friday morning. Plum Lake chief Kevin Rasmussen said the purpose was two-fold – to provide an egress for firefighters to escape if something went wrong and they would need to get out quickly and to ventilate the upstairs portion of the structure.
Brian Jopek photograph
A firefighter uses his axe to break the glass to an upstairs window on the Wadinski house in Star Lake Friday morning. Plum Lake chief Kevin Rasmussen said the purpose was two-fold – to provide an egress for firefighters to escape if something went wrong and they would need to get out quickly and to ventilate the upstairs portion of the structure.

Brian Jopek photograph

By Brian Jopek
of The Lakeland Times


Personnel from several different Vilas and Oneida County fire departments  responded to a structure fire in Star Lake Friday morning. 

Plum Lake Volunteer Fire Department  Chief Kevin Rasmussen said the cause for the fire has not yet been determined. 

“I’m pretty sure it started in the basement, though,” he said. 

The house, which is said to be among the first to be built in Star Lake by the Mickleby family nearly a century ago is now owned by James Wadinski of Wausau.

It’s used as a seasonal home and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. 

Rasmussen said the flames were contained primarily to the lower levels though the upper levels sustained smoke and water damage.

“The fire did burn through the floor between the first floor and the basement,” he said. 

Firefighters from Plum Lake, St. Germain, and Boulder Junction responded to the scene. Two firefighters with Minocqua’s response intervention team also were there for backup. 

Brian Jopek may be reached at bjopek@lakelandtimes.com.







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