Child playing with lighter leads to evacuation of Brownsville building | Regional news


VILLAGE OF BROWNSVILLE – A child playing with a lighter has been determined to be the cause of a fire in a four-unit building on Main Street that occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to a press release issued by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, smoke and flames were present in the apartment and the entire building was evacuated.

Members of Parliament and firefighters were dispatched and the fire was quickly put out by firefighters. The fire was confined to the apartment where it broke out. However, there was smoke and water damage in at least two of the apartments, which displaced the occupants. The Red Cross has been contacted by the fire department and has been in contact with these tenants for a temporary relocation.

One occupant was assessed by EMS for possible smoke inhalation, but was not transported. An occupant child sustained a very slight burn that did not require first aid.

The sheriff’s office was tasked with investigating the fire and determined the cause was a child playing with a lighter. No criminal charges are planned at this time. Brownsville, Lomira and Knowles Fire Departments, Brownsville first responders and Fond du Lac paramedics and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident.


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