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Madeline Island’s only fire department to be back in service Thursday after blaze


UPDATE — Madeline Island’s only fire department is back in service Thursday night after a blaze destroyed its entire fire hall. That fire was first reported around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

As of Thursday afternoon, hot spots were still burning.

The La Pointe Fire Department decided to start operating out of its winter transportation building Thursday afternoon, which is where they store their windsleds in the summer.

Because all of their equipment was destroyed, the department is borrowing trucks from the Wisconsin DNR, and they were able to put an out-of-service pumper truck back on the streets.

They also rented an ambulance and put their back-up ambulance into service.

They also received a swift response from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

The college delivered a trailer full of vital firefighting equipment including 10 self-contained breathing apparatus air packs, as well as the cascade air-fill system to refill them, and a generator among other things.

“We see ourselves as a partner to the La Pointe Fire Department, and this was the time to act like a partner. And it was just an opportunity to do the right thing, and to help out,” said Tim Halbur associate dean of Firefighting & Technical Rescue at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

Officials said the fire department intended to be back in service by 4 p.m. Thursday.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Authorities have also not determined the cost of the damage.

In light of the incident, a GoFundMe was created.

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MADELINE ISLAND, WI — The La Pointe Fire Department expects to be back in service by 4 p.m. Thursday after a blaze destroyed its fire hall, fire trucks, and ambulances.

The fire at Madeline Island’s only fire hall was first reported around 3 a.m. Wednesday. There are still hot spots burning as of 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

La Pointe Fire is borrowing two trucks from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and put an out-of-service pumper truck back into commission.

They’re also renting an ambulance from the company Pomasl, and put their back-up ambulance back into service.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Authorities have also not determined the cost of the damage.

Briggs LeSavage

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