Firefighters battle house fire in Verona

Smoke and flames coming from home when firefighters arrived
Firefighters battle house fire in Verona

Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions battled a house fire in Verona early Monday morning.

The fire on Aspen Avenue was called in around 3:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and flames shooting out of the building, according to Lt. Marc Lindquist.

Six departments were called to assist Verona Fire. Lt. Marc Lindquist said crews switched out every 20 minutes because the temperature was 5 degrees.

“That’s about the air time they use on their cylinders. So what we like to do is get them out of the building, change the cylinder, recoup a little bit and then they can go back in,” Lindquist said. “When one company or one team has been working for quite a while we bring them out, try to get them refreshed, try to get them some warm liquids.”

Lindquist said a smoke detector alerted the family to the fire and they got out safely. He said the fire appeared to have started in the back of the house.

He said the extreme cold made fighting the fire even tougher and slips and falls can add to the challenge of fighting a fire. At one point the city sent a salt truck that treated the icy ground near the home.

As the fire spread up the back of the house and into the attic area, Lindquist said crews had to attack it defensively because they felt it was not safe for firefighters to be inside.

“In these conditions it’s just being very cautious about what you do, less running more walking. Even though it’s a very important situation and you want to get it done and put out as quickly as you can, you want to make sure the firefighters who are working here stay safe,” Lindquist said.

Due to the amount of fire and water damage, Lindquist said the home looked to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.