A family is safe after a house fire in the City of Neenah Tuesday, February 26th around 3:30 pm.
Upon arrival, occupants were out of the home and heavy black smoke was coming from all four sides of the home. A crew went into the basement where it was engulfed in flames and heavy smoke.
Crews began to extinguish the fire but it had already spread to the first level of the home. Firefighters had encountered areas where the fire burned through the floor and compromised the stability of the building and so they took their time with the overhaul of the home to be safe.
Due to the home being a split level home, firefighters took the fire out in 40 minutes but remained on the scene.
The Red Cross assisted the 3 adults and 8 children who were occupants of the home, some children were at school.
Fire and insurance investigators could not rule out careless use of smoking materials as the cause of the fire.
However, two family dogs did not make it. CPR and oxygen were used to save them but were unsuccessful.
Due to the weather, Outagamie County’s CERT and a bus from Valley Transit were called in to help warm firefighters.