On Sunday around 8:30 a.m. the roof of the White Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Langlade County collapsed causing emergency response vehicles to be caught underneath the debris. No one was inside the building at the time of the collapse.
“It was kind of shocking at first, you think it's never going to happen to your department but it does," stated Allan Holbrook, assistant chief with the White Lake Fire Department. "We are going to have to tear down the building.
Firefighters were attending a conference in La Crosse when they received a call saying their roof collapsed. Thanks to nearby EMS teams, they were able to organize a community response engaging nearly 100 volunteers.
“If another department needs additional help, we will respond with additional equipment to help,” explained Bill Kallner, assistant fire chief with the Wolf River Fire Department. “We have the Township of Antigo, Township of Langlade Rural Fire Control and several others assisting with the cleanup efforts.”