A fire destroyed a house and a garage on Hogsback Road in western Rusk County Wednesday afternoon, April 24.
A caller reported a garage on fire in the 16000 block of Hogsback Road at 12:41 p.m. Chetek Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, along with Chetek Ambulance Service.
Department of Natural Resources forest rangers also responded. New Auburn and Weyerhaeuser fire departments were called for manpower and water tankers. Barron Electric linemen were called to shut off the power.
The garage and surrounding yard were on fire and it spread to the house. Both were lost to the fire.
Ron Butterfield, who rented the property and resided there along with his girlfriend, said he lost everything he owned to the fire.
The fire was under control by 2:36 p.m., with the Chetek Fire Department returning to the fire hall around 6 p.m.