Weekend fires damage house in IM, mill in Goodman

A fire at 414 W. Fleshiem St. in Iron Mountain started in the basement of the house just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday from an undetermined cause, according to Iron Mountain Deputy Director of Fire Services Jeff Friedenstab.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local firefighters battled two different structure fires over the weekend: one that damaged a home on West Fleshiem Street in Iron Mountain and one that destroyed part of a sawmill in Goodman, Wis.

A pet cat perished in the Iron Mountain fire, and a firefighter at the Goodman incident was treated on site for heat exhaustion, authorities said. No other injuries were reported.

The fire at 414 W. Fleshiem St. started in the basement of the house just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday from an undetermined cause, Iron Mountain Deputy Director of Fire Services Jeff Friedenstab said.

No one was home at the time, Friedenstab said, and a neighbor notified emergency responders about the fire.

The home had fire damage to the basement and walls, and smoke and water damage to the first and second floors, Friedenstab said. Although the structure still is standing, it isn’t livable at this point, he added.

Iron Mountain firefighters were on site until about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. They were assisted by the Iron Mountain Police Department, Kingsford Public Safety Department, Iron Mountain Department of Public Works, Beacon Ambulance and We Energies.

Goodman firefighters continue to investigate the cause of a blaze that started about 6:35 p.m. Sunday in the sawmill portion of the Goodman Veneer & Lumber Company, Goodman Fire Chief Mike Stec said.

No one was in the building at the time, Stec said.

All three floors of the southern third of the structure had heavy fire damage, Stec said, with the filing rooms taking the most damage.

Firefighters remained on site for about 12 hours to extinguish hot spots, Stec said.

Goodman firefighters were assisted by Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine, Fence, Aurora and Laona firefighters; Goodman-Armstrong Creek and Laona rescue squads; the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office; and Wisconsin Public Service. Stec also took note of many volunteers who brought water and food to firefighters.

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