"I was in my truck returning home from a family event," Rock Springs Fire Chief Mark Weihing said late Tuesday morning as he was poking through the ashes.
"I was on the scene in three minutes and flames were already coming out of the front window."
The chief said the cause is still undetermined.
"Because of the extent of the fire from when it was discovered, we suspect it had been burning a long time," Weihing
firefighters were immediately called to assist, but emergency personnel were unable to contain the blaze.About 12:30 a.m. fire crews called Reedsburg and Loganville for more assistance.Some of the help was in the form of manpower, replacement of the air bottles used by firefighters, and, later in the incident, water tank trucks.Weihing
said the village's municipal water supply was exhausted.
The house is owned by the Jesses and they were the only people at home at the time of the fire.Weihing
said the home was insured.He
said there were no serious injuries, though several firefighters received bumps and bruises from slipping and falling on the ice.The Jesse home is on a slight slope at the foot of a bluff on the north side of the village.Weihing
didn't know if working smoke detectors were in place in the home.
"This shows why it is so important to have smoke detectors installed in a home and to have good batteries in those detectors," he