FARMINGTON — A Farmington family escaped injury but was left homeless after fire destroyed their home Thursday.
Johnson Creek Deputy Fire Chief Jim Wolf said the cause of the blaze at the residence, owned by Nancy and Mike Wohlust at N6203 Wright Road, is believed to have been electrical in origin, related to an electrical weedeater that was plugged in the garage.
However, the state fire marshall’s office will reportedly be investigating the site Monday.
A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office detective was called to the scene Thursday, however, there did not appear to be anything suspicious in nature about the fire.
Wolf said the home likely would be labeled as a total loss.
Firefighters initially were dispatched at 10:43 a.m. The home already reportedly was engulfed in flames.
Upon arrival, Wolf said the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was able to confirm that all occupants of the home had been evacuated.
It later was determined that Wohlust’s daughter, Jennifer Bixler and a 15-year-old boy were in the home prior to the fire being reported. The teenage boy and Bixler, who live at the residence, escaped the fire safely.
The pair are reportedly staying with other family members in the area.
Wolf said firefighters got the family dog out of the home in time.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, he said, heavy smoke was coming from all over the home and flames were engulfing a significant portion of the structure.
“It was fully involved — there was no way we could make an interior attack,” Wolf said. “The garage was gone and the whole second story was engulfed.”
The deputy chief said the firefighting was entirely a defensive effort.
Additional firefighters were requested from Jefferson, Watertown, Fort Atkinson, Rome, Lake Mills, Helenville, Sullivan and Palmyra.
Also on the scene was an ambulance and firefighters from the Johnson Creek Fire Department and EMS.
All responded directly to the scene, except the crew from Ixonia which took over monitoring the Johnson Creek fire station in case any other calls came in.
Most of the mutual aid was the need for water and manpower to battle the blaze.
Multiple crews were rotated to spots around the house fighting the fire.
Two firefighters — one from Watertown and one from Johnson Creek — did sustain minor injuries while battling the blaze and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.