By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – A man was pulled safely from his downtown Marshfield apartment Christmas Eve. Relief Lieutenant Pete Winistorfer said the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department responded at 9:15 p.m. Dec. 24 to a fire in an apartment above Mr. G’s Saloon at 136 South Central Avenue.
“Upon arrival, we did have flames showing out of a window towards Central Avenue,” he said. “We made a quick initial attack, and we had the fire contained to one room, one apartment.”
Winistorfer said the man was alert and talking to paramedics as he was transported to the Marshfield Medical Center, and that he escaped serious injury because of a quick response. An English bulldog perished in the blaze, as a result of smoke inhalation.
“We were on scene within three minutes of the original page and set up and flowing water within another thirty seconds,” Winistorfer explained. “We did have the fire contained and knocked down within the first three minutes to four minutes. We did pull the individual out of the apartment, was out in five minutes and was up to the hospital within the next three minutes. So, from the time of the initial page, we had a complete knockout within 10 minutes.
“We (completed) an exterior check (of the adjoining buildings,) as well as the interior – there is nothing in the attic – there is no damage what-so-ever to the north or south buildings that are connected to it. So, we are truly lucky that it was knocked down as quick as it was.”
Winistorfer believes the man was a resident of the apartment. He said it was too early to say what caused the fire.
Fire crews responded on a cold Christmas Eve, with temperatures in the teens above zero at the time of the call.
The fire adds another red bulb to the department’s wreath on the front of the fire station. Each holiday season, the department promotes fire safety in Wood County through its “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign. The Christmas Eve fire represents the first Marshfield fire since the campaign began. It was one of three red bulbs added over the Christmas holiday weekend.