BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Pulaski Fire Chief confirms two people have been found dead in what remains of a Pittsfield home after a fire early Friday morning.
At least two people were unaccounted for following the fire.
Pulaski Tri-County Fire Chief James Styczynski says the medical examiner will determine the victims’ age and gender.
The home is on Tamarack Drive between Oak Hill Drive and Westline Road, between Pulaski and Green Bay.
A neighbor spotted the fire and called 911 at about 1 a.m.
The flames spread to most of the house, and it took firefighters about half an hour to get most of the fire extinguished.
Firefighters and investigators were not able to safely enter the home for hours because of the danger of the house collapsing.
Styczynski says initial reports came in that a family of five lived in the home. He later revised that, saying it was believed that two people lived in the home.
Reporter Jorge Rodas says people have gathered on the side of the road, some hugging and crying. We learned they were family members, and they said they feared the worst.
Eventually the home was torn down so investigators could get into the debris to figure out what caused the fire and whether anybody was home. Around 3 p.m., we saw crews setting up a tarp near the rubble.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation was called to the scene. The Brown County Fire Investigation Unit is working to find out the cause of the fire.
Investigators tell us at this point they don’t know where in the home the victims were during the fire. That’s part of their active investigation.
Chief Styczynski told Action 2 News that the fire may have started on an upper level of the home.
“Anytime you have a loss, it’s terrible all around. We all agree, I’m sure, about that,” Styczynski said.
Seven surrounding communities sent fire crews to battle the fire.
No firefighters were injured.