Cause of house fire undetermined

The cause of a home fire at 1201 7th Ave. N. in the city of Princeton the morning of Friday, Oct. 19, remained unknown

A firefighter uses a chain saw to cut an opening into the roof of the Dennis Meyer home at 1201 7th Ave. N. last Friday morning, to help fight the fire inside the home’s upper area.

Tuesday, according to Princeton Fire Chief Jim Roxbury.

A passerby called in the fire to Princeton Fire & Rescue, which was paged at 7:51 a.m. The department called in the fire departments in Milaca and Baldwin Township to assist.

Smoke was rapidly coming out of various points of the roof of the two-story home after 8 a.m. It was about that time that the homeowner, Dennis Meyer, happened to see for the first time that his house was on fire, according to Jeff Fjeld, who works with Meyer. Fjeld said that he and Meyer were heading to the front lot of North Elementary, shortly after 8 a.m., to do groundskeeping work there, when they noticed the firefighters and fire at Meyer’s house across the street from the elementary.

The fire was primarily in the second level of the home. The result was some structural damage, some of that due to smoke and water, Roxbury said. Firefighters cut holes in various places on the exterior to fight the fire.

Crews from city public works and the public utilities commission, as well as police officers, assisted at the scene and North Ambulance stood by during the fire fighting. Most of the firefighters cleared the scene at 10:30 a.m. but some remained until about 1:30 to mop up and be available in case anything should flare up.

There were no major problems in fighting the fire, said Roxbury, adding that the various departments and agencies that responded complemented each other.

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