Residents are safe, but two household pets were lost in a house fire last night at 13045 Scarlet Drive in Brookfield, according to David Mason, City of Brookfield assistant fire chief.
According to a statement issued by Mason:
Residents called 911 at 7:46 p.m. March 13 to report smoke and fire in the basement. The New Berlin Fire Department was closest and responded first. The residents safely evacuated the home before firefighters arrived.
Joined by the city of Brookfield Fire Department, firefighters hosed the house and took about 45 minutes to put out the fire, which spread from the basement to other areas of the house and caused significant damage. Neighboring homes were unharmed.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fire departments from Elm Grove and the town of Brookfield also helped, while personnel from the Lisbon, Pewaukee and Wauwatosa fire departments staffed the three Brookfield stations.
Mason noted that the agreement with New Berlin to have the closest department respond to emergency calls was beneficial in this case.
The department also reminds residents to change their smoke detector batteries.
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