Monday fire leaves family without home

Morning blaze that spread to attic leads to evacuation of couple, their five children
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press staff

An early morning fire in the Village of Grafton has left a family of seven displaced.

The Grafton Fire Department received a call at 5:55 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, to report a fire outside of a house located at the corner of Highway 60 and Sixth Avenue.

Grafton Fire Chief Bill Rice said a man was driving past the house and smelled smoke. “After he called 911, he ran to the house, banged on the door and woke everyone up,” Rice said.

When Rice arrived, Grafton police were helping the family with five children evacuate the house. 

“It was a very black, smoky fire. The fire was consuming the whole attic space,” he said. “The Grafton police did a very good job evacuating the family, allowing the fire department to get in and extinguish the fire.”

Rice said the fire is under investigation by the fire and police departments, but he suspects the blaze was caused by discarded grill charcoal outside the one-story house and spread to an attic.

The house received significant smoke and water damage, but no one was injured from the incident. Because of the damage, the family is currently displaced from their home.

“Everything they own has been severely damaged by the fire,” Rice said, noting the house is salvageable but there is extensive damage to the exterior and interior.

Rice said the family spoke with the Red Cross and believes they will be able to stay at a hotel for a few nights. He also said they have relatives in the area and arrangements are being made for them to have somewhere to stay.

The Cedarburg, Port Washington, Saukville and Thiensville fire departments also responded to the fire. 

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