VIDEO: An alarming number of people died in residential fires across the state this year. That’s according to the Wisconsin Fire Inspectors Association.
Thirty-three people have died in residential fires, in Wisconsin, so far this year, including a massive fire in Sturgeon Bay and a small house fire in Gillett. It’s a number that’s sounding an alarm for those who work in the fire service.
“Last year, the entire 12 months, we had 40 total. We’re almost at last year’s mark and we’re not even halfway through the year. That’s a really big deal,” says Adam Dorn, assistant fire chief with Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue.
And, in all of those fires, according to Dorn, there were no working smoke detectors. The Wisconsin Fire Inspectors Association is now working on educating people on the importance of smoke detectors on every level of your home and in every sleeping area as well.