Minocqua firefighters responded to a call at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, of a dwelling burning at the former Back Bay Inn and Resort located on Back Bay Road.
The third fire reported within a 14-hour period between midday Tuesday, Jan. 22, and the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 23, was first seen by Minocqua police officers who were conducting a call for another incident in the area.
Minocqua firefighters responded to a call at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, for a dwelling that was burning at the former Back Bay Inn and Resort located on Back Bay Road.
According to Minocqua Fire Chief Andy Petrowski, members of the Minocqua Police Department were in the area of the duplex while handling another issue and spotted the smoke.
“They called it in and we responded,” Petrowski said. “When we got there we could already see flames coming through one side of the duplex.”
According to Petrowski, because of subzero temperatures, firefighters decided against drilling holes in the nearby lake to serve as a water supply and instead relied on tanker trucks to bring water to the scene.
Petrowski said one female resident of the duplex was transported to an area hospital, but he believes the person was not seriously hurt or ill.
“She was, I believe, taken there only for precautionary reasons,” Petrowski said.
Petrowski said the Lac du Flambeau, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae fire departments all provided assistance at the scene by providing water tankers.
“One side of the building is destroyed and the other side received serious smoke and water damage,” Petrowski said.
A representative from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was expected to be at the scene later Wednesday and was to join local investigators in trying to determine the fire’s cause. Firefighters finally left the scene shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Minocqua Police Chief Andy Gee said in a news release members of his department were in the area of the fire early Wednesday morning because they had responded to a domestic violence report and then saw the duplex on fire.
He said the fire and the domestic violence are connected, but he said he could provide no other details until the investigation is complete.
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