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Wilson Drive home catches fire day after Thanksgiving

Nov. 29, 2011

A Brookfield woman returning home from shopping in the wee hours of Black Friday found her kitchen ablaze, according to City of Brookfield Fire Department records.

The woman called firefighters and woke up her sleeping husband after she discovered the kitchen of the single-family home at 825 Wilson Drive was on fire, just before 3:30 a.m. Nov. 25, the report states.

Fire Chief Charlie Myers anticipates the home sustained $100,000 in damages - $70,000 in structural damages and $30,000 in damages to contents from smoke and fire.

Preliminary investigation showed that the fire started because smoking materials had been discarded in a garbage can.

"Our fire prevention message for this incident is that all homeowners ensure they have working smoke detectors on all levels of the home," Myers said. "Please dispose of smoking materials in a metal container and place the container outside, a safe distance from the house."

The homeowners were allowed back inside to collect clothing and medications after the house was ventilated, according to the report.

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