Tense moments for two Green Bay Metro firefighters when a ceiling partially collapsed on them during a fire at a duplex on Green Bay’s west side. No one was hurt.
Fire crews responded to 1505 Beech Tree Drive at about 5:40 a.m., where they found fire coming from the duplex’s right side garage. They say the fire started in that garage and spread to the home.
Everyone living there was outside of the duplex when crews arrived.
A mayday call was made when the ceiling collapsed on firefighters during the overhaul effort and looking for hot spots.
“We have a mayday procedure in place. The firefighters know at any moment if they even feel they are in danger, they are to call a mayday. We don’t want them to wait. We want the mayday called early and before they get too far into danger,” Battalion Chief Ray Fuiten said.
They were able to free themselves.
“They were able to self-rescue out windows and doors. All firefighters were safe and no injuries were reported,” said Fuiten. “It’s a scary situation. That’s why we train.”
“We always have a team standing outside called the Rapid Intervention Team, or the RIT team, and they’re there for that purpose. If there’s a situation like this we deploy the RIT team in the rescue of any trapped or downed firefighters,” Assistant Fire Chief Rob Goplin said. “They will do certain ancillary duties outside the structure, but nothing that they couldn’t drop immediately if they had to go inside and rescue other firefighters.”
Cars parked in the right side garage were destroyed.
The left side of the residence sustained water damage.
A total of seven people were displaced from the duplex, including a family of four. The American Red Cross is helping everyone.
The Green Bay Metro Fire Department is investigating the exact cause of the fire.
The fire damage is estimated at $100,000.
A GoFundMe account has been started for the family displaced by the fire. Click here to donate.