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1/23/2013 6:30:00 PM
Former Back Bay Resort duplex destroyed in Wednesday morning fire
Minocqua firefighters on scene for more than five hours
Minocqua Fire Department personnel sift through the remains of a Back Bay Road condominium destroyed Wednesday morning by fire. This was one of three fires between Tuesday and Wednesday that either destroyed or damaged Lakeland area homes.Dean Hall photograph

Minocqua Fire Department personnel sift through the remains of a Back Bay Road condominium destroyed Wednesday morning by fire. This was one of three fires between Tuesday and Wednesday that either destroyed or damaged Lakeland area homes.

Dean Hall photograph

This condo located on Back Bay Road in Minocqua was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.Dean Hall photograph

This condo located on Back Bay Road in Minocqua was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.

Dean Hall photograph

Domestic violence suspect arrested near Back Bay Road fire scene

Police still probing possible link between fire,
domestic violence incident and arrest

 

By Joe VanDeLaarschot
of The Lakeland Times

A 29-year-old Livingston man was arrested early Wednesday morning by Minocqua police after they responded to the report of a man damaging vehicles with a hammer in the area of a duplex located at 11537 and 11539 Back Bay Road.

When police arrived at the scene they determined the report was part of an ongoing domestic violence incident that started at a Back Bay Road residence.

While investigating that case, at about 2 a.m. police officers on-scene saw that the duplex was on fire and called the Minocqua Fire Department to the scene. When firefighters arrived a short time later flames were seen rising from the roof of the residence.

According to Minocqua Police Chief Andy Gee, his officers arrested a suspect, Jonathan M.D. Thorman, and he was transported to the Oneida County Jail.

In a news release Gee stated a female subject was also transported to Howard Young Medical Center by ambulance from the scene of the incident. She was treated and released. One police officer also suffered minor injuries while attempting to apprehend Thorman who Gee said was resisting arrest. 

According to Gee, the investigation also identified two vehicles and a third residence that were “damaged by force.”

Gee said several aspects of the incident are still under investigation including the fire, but he did allege the fire was connected with the domestic violence case and arrest.

“We’ll be able to answer a lot more questions once our investigation is finished,” Gee said.

The Minocqua Police Department is being assisted in the investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation.

Livingston is located in southwest Wisconsin in Grant County.

See related story in this edition with more details about the fire at the residences on Back Bay Road.

Joe VanDeLaarschot may be reached at jvandelaarschot@lakelandtimes.com.


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.

Joe VanDeLaarschot may be reached at jvandelaarschot@lakelandtimes.com.







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