Fire destroyed a home in the village of Poplar Saturday, Jan. 4.
A passer-by reported the fire at about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to Amnicon Fire Chief Wade Hill. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the home on Wood Road was already engulfed in flames.
“We were able to contain it just to the house,” Hill said. “No outbuildings were damaged.”
No injuries were reported and the fire's cause is undetermined.
Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control, shutting down Wood Road for a time so fire trucks could move back and forth.
The home, owned by Mike and Debbie Pooler, was a complete loss. The structure was heated by wood but, due to the amount of damage, no definitive cause was found.
Because the Amnicon Volunteer Fire Department was the first on site, the department took over incident command. Firefighters from Poplar, Lakeside, Maple and Parkland also responded.
“We dumped about 32,000 gallons of water on it,” Hill said.
The Poolers had a place to go and declined help from the American Red Cross, Hill said.
A Facebook fundraiser was set up Jan. 8 for the family by their daughter, Becca Pooler.
There will also be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Poolers at 3 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Amnicon Town Hall, along U.S. Highway 2 near Wentworth Road. The cost is $20 per person.