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UPDATE: 'Great day' for Beloit FD after back to back fire calls

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- Beloit firefighters were left very tired, and satisfied, after battling two blazes in two hours Wednesday.

Firefighter Mark Froese said he and the rest of the fire department's A-Shift crew were called to a structure fire on St. Lawrence Ave. just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. When firefighters arrived on the scene flames were visible at the front of the house and the fire was spreading upwards towards the home's soffit and attic space.

There was one person inside who was able to escape the home without injury. Froese and his colleagues worked to put the fire out and were waiting for the house's owner to board it up when another fire call came in just before 5 a.m.

"We were still at the scene of the first fire," Froese said.

The second fire was reported at a home on Central Avenue. It had started in the back of the house and filled the structure with smoke. No one was injured, and Froese said firefighters managed to put the blaze out quickly.

Froese said it's common for firefighters to get called from a fire to a medical emergency, or vice versa, as Beloit's 63-person fire department also runs the city's ambulance service.

But he said back to back fire calls are rare.

"We didn't get back to the station until 6:30 a.m.," Froese said.

"When you get jolted out of bed at 2 a.m., that's never healthy for anybody. But we have to go from zero to 100 right away," Froese said. "If you're working the next day as well, it makes for a very long day."

There are also logistical challenges caused by back to back fire calls.

"You go in, you fight the fire, you're all wet and dirty," said Capt. Matt Robson. "Your gear is a mess, and then the next call comes in."
"I was sitting in the engine on the way (to the second call) and my gear is all wet because we've been spraying water everywhere and tearing down roofs," Froese said.

Damage to the home on St. Lawrence Ave. is estimated at $25-thousand. Damage to the Central Avenue home is in the neighborhood of $15-thousand, firefighters said.

"They salvaged two houses, they're not lost, so that's always a huge plus," Robson said.

"It's a good day when you can go home having put two fires out and nobody got hurt," he said. "That's actually a great day.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Just before 3:00 Wednesday morning, the Beloit Fire Department was called to a house fire on St. Lawrence Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene, there was fire showing from the front of the house and it was beginning to spread to the soffit and attic space.  The person inside was able to escape without injury.

The cause of the fire appears to be electrical.  The house sustained approximately $25,000 in damage.

Exactly two hours after their first call, crews responded to another house fire.  When they arrived on Central Avenue, heavy smoke filled the residence and the fire was located in the rear of the home.

There were no injuries reported and damage estimates are at $15,000.
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