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Overnight fire damages Menomonee Falls home

Fire Department urges safety with new holiday campaign

A chimney burns after a fire broke out at a home Monday on Stonefield Road in Menomonee Falls.

A chimney burns after a fire broke out at a home Monday on Stonefield Road in Menomonee Falls. Photo By Brian Gizelar

Dec. 3, 2013

Menomonee Falls — A blaze broke out at a home on Stonefield Road in Menomonee Falls Monday night, though the amount of damage is still unknown.

The Menomonee Falls Fire Department responded to a report of flames on the roof near the chimney of a two-story home at 7:50 p.m. Monday. The second floor was significantly damaged in the blaze, recently appointed Menomonee Falls Assistant Fire Chief Jim Mollet said. There were no injuries as the residents left the home before firefighters arrived to the scene. Butler, Lannon, Sussex, Elm Grove, Brookfield and Milwaukee fire departments also responded.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is suspected that it started in the chimney.

Weather conditions and the layout of the home complicated efforts to put the fire out, Mollet said. The blaze was contained about 10 p.m.

Menomonee Falls crews responded to a second call for a chimney fire early Tuesday morning, though no further details were being released at the time NOW went to print.

In lieu of reports of back-to-back chimney fires, Mollet is urging residents to have their furnaces, chimneys and fire places checked by certified technicians to avoid fire hazards throughout the winter months.

To aid these efforts, Mollet recently began the Keeping the Wreath Campaign in Menomonee Falls to educate the public about fire safety. It runs through Dec. 31.

The idea behind the campaign is to promote fire safety throughout the holidays and to give residents helpful tips. A Christmas wreath with green lights on it has been placed outside of the Falls fire stations. Any time there is a fire incident in the village, a green light will be replaced with a red one. The goal is to have all green lights remaining at the end. Throughout the month of December, there will be daily website posts of holiday fire safety tips as well as the light count at www.menomonee-falls.org/wreath.

"(Tips include) how to put up lights, ladder safety, follow manufacturers' recommendations — it's imperative that this time of year people think of those things. Obviously with fire place safety, it's imperative that you practice not only the cleaning of the fire place, the flue, the chase, but keep an eye on it," Mollet said. "Be safe and think safely during the holiday season and throughout the year."

— Danielle Switalski

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