EagleHerald staff writer
MARINETTE—In the predawn hours of Saturday morning, several county and state emergency and law enforcement officials responded to a structure fire at 1215 Main St. in Marinette.
Fire crews on scene included the Marinette Fire Department (MFD), and the cities of Peshtigo and Menominee fire departments as well as the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department.
A press release issued by the Marinette Police Department (MPD), informed that, upon arrival, “the building was found to be engulfed in flames and was evacuated.”
“Police, fire and rescue were all dispatched at the same time,” said MPD Patrol Officer Mike Kahles, speaking to the EagleHerald Saturday afternoon; while not a responding officer to the fire, he was able to offer some additional details from the police report. “Marinette officials responded at approximately 1:23 a.m.”
Firefighters entered the building and succeeded in extinguishing the flames, at which time they discovered a deceased human body inside. Pending identification and subsequent notification of family, officials declined the release of the victim’s identity.
According to Kahles, in the case of a fatality, investigating officials maintain specific protocol with respect the identity of the victim.
“We need to locate the (victim’s) family,” he said. “And until we inform the family of the death, no information on the (victim) will be released unless it is a case where we need the general public’s help.”
Saturday morning as the sun rose, state of Wisconsin Department of Justice Fire Marshall officials still tended the scene. At present, the cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Saturday’s press release.
Additional crews and agencies dispatched to the fire included Aurora Medical Center Paramedics, Emergency Rescue Squad, Red Cross, Marinette County Medical Examiner’s Office and Wisconsin Public Service.
Speaking on behalf of their respective departments, Kahles and Menominee Fire Department Captain Randy Walk both informed the EagleHerald that no responding officials from Menominee FD or MPD suffered injury during the call. Representatives with the cities of Peshtigo, Marinette and Town of Peshtigo fire departments could not be reached or declined to comment.
Walk offered a broad window of time in which crews were on scene and addressing the fire and its aftermath, stating that firefighters cleared the scene a little over three hours (4:40 a.m.) after the initial call.