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12 departments help fight fire in Clinton

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Catherine W. Idzerda
May 31, 2008
— Southern Rock County firefighters were kept busy with a residential fire in Clinton Township on Friday.

The Clinton Fire Department responded to a fire at 10600 E. County P at 12:40 p.m., according to a news release from the department.


On the way to the scene, a police officer at the home reported heavy smoke and flames were coming from the basement. One of the owners was trying to get a mother Chihuahua and her puppies out of the house. Only a few of the dogs could be rescued from the fire.


The house was at the top of a narrow driveway that was more than a half-mile long.


The Clinton department set up at the top of the driveway with an engine from Sharon arrived shortly afterward.


Along with the Clinton and Sharon departments, fire crews from Beloit, Evansville, Fontana, Town of Beloit, Turtle, Orfordville, Janesville, Milton, Edgerton and North Boone, Ill., responded throughout the afternoon with tankers and engines. They also provided respite and health checks to Clinton firefighters.


Clinton EMS was on the scene, and Red Cross responded with food and drinks


About 24,500 gallons of water were shuttled to the scene to help fight the fire.


A total of 12 fire departments, 67 firefighters and 10 command and support staff worked at the fire.


The home has major water, smoke and fire damage. The majority of the damage is in the basement, and because of structural damage, firefighters were not able to enter the home.


The owners of the home are Aileen Geffs and Murial Prazak.


Two firefighters received minor cuts.


Because of the extent of the damage, firefighters don’t believe they’ll be able to determine the cause of the fire.



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