PHOTOS: Two Dogs Killed in Saukville House Fire

Several area departments respond to the blaze at single-family home. No other injuries were reported, and the cause is still unknown.

A Saukville family's two dogs were killed Wednesday in a morning house fire at the corner of Whitegate Drive and South Glencrest Court.

Nobody was home at the time of the blaze at the single-family home at 665 W. Whitegate Drive, said Saukville Police Chief Bill Meloy.

Emergency personnel responded a call of smoke coming out of a window at about 11:40 a.m. The blaze, which Meloy said caused "extensive damage," was brought until control in about two hours.

"They lost two precious pets in the fire and that was tragic," the chief said. "There was nobody else hurt."

Foul play is not suspected, but officials still working to determine the cause of the fire.

In addition to Saukville, fire departments from Port Washington, Grafton, Waubeka, Thiensville, Newburg, Mequon, Fredonia and Cedarburg also responded to the call.

Patch will have more details on the fire as they become available.

Jaime Sommers May 24, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Thanks for explanations on number of trucks. It does appear puzzling. SFD could do some PR on the topic if people are interested. Learning more and actually having those conversations with Chiefs and Captains on the Fire Dept can shed a lot of light on the operations and how the service and the escalation levels and collaboration truly benefit us. When all those depts come, they have to backfill their own station as well, so, it ends up rippling out to many more communities that any of us ever really imagine. Municipal Fire Staffing is a well-honed "machine" with radios, telephones, spreadsheets, and when it works well it's excellent but the average citizen simply sees a lot of trucks with a lot of city, village and town names, and honestly, it does appear kinda odd/ridiculous, though it's not. Of course, to learn and to know and have that confidence in our Fire Service, you could always join as a member (paid on-call), or an auxiliary (volunteer unpaid) and hear a lot of this first hand and repeated, until it makes sense. It may be simple to some, but it's not simple at all.... simply well - coordinated and I'm grateful I don't have to make the calls for escalations like this. How about this one - saw trucks back at 7pm... for... hotspots? investigation? or did it flare back up? The Fire Dept also has to return to the scene once smoke has cleared, and more than once... with officials like police and Fire Marshal and without depending on the situation.
Jaime Sommers May 24, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Great idea on the DeTech FireSense Technologies! When I heard of the fire I thought of my pets and found this info: Detech Firesense Technologies (262) 236-0123 detech.com 520 Technology Way, Saukville, WI 53080.
Brother Rick May 24, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Wow, just found out my youngest son, was on the scene with one of the area Fire Dept. to help SFD's crews fight the blaze. I am One Proud Dad !
Julie Shaw May 24, 2012 at 02:04 PM
No, Rich, as I stated earlier, I would rather have too many show up than not enough. Now, what I would NOT be happy with is my home burning down while my town's truck was "idling" on a street ten miles away. I can understand first responders getting to the scene as quickly as they can en mass, but it seems there should be some sort of procedure in place to notify other departments when enough help is present. Jason did a good job of explaining it. Either way it was a tragedy and I am very sorry for the loss of life and the loss of the family's home.
Greg May 24, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Bro, A civic minded son is something to be very proud of. Congrats.


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