Neighbors act quick during duplex fire

Both occupants got out safely, home destroyed
Neighbors act quick during duplex fire

When Matt Musgrove went outside Sunday morning for a smoke, he saw fire.

The flames were nearly 30 feet high, shooting out of a duplex two doors down from Musgrove’s home around 4:50 a.m. He shouted to his family and then called 911.

“It was scary. It was scary to see the flames and how big they were,” Musgrove said, whose family started knocking on neighbors’ doors to get them outside, while he began dousing a neighboring home with a garden hose to keep the flames from spreading.

The duplex, 516 Nadig Ct., is a total loss, Fort Atkinson Fire Lt. Mike Lawrence said. The state fire marshal and Fort Atkinson Police are investigating the blaze.

A woman and her son, plus a dog and cat, got out of the burning duplex safely, and the fire didn’t spread to other homes. The occupants are staying with family, Lawrence said.

The roof had partially collapsed when emergency responders arrived. It took 18 firefighters and units from three assisting communities about two hours to put the fire out, he said.

“The majority of the fire was contained to the attic area, so we trench-cut the roof,” Lawrence said. “We stopped the fire at the firewall that separated the two halves of the duplex.”

Fire destroys duplex

Neighbors said it was unnerving to look at the destroyed duplex on their block, but added that they took comfort in knowing their actions helped others.

“I’m just glad everybody’s safe,” Musgrove said. “We did what we had to do.”