By Tim Kowols
Saturday presented a unique situation for northern Door County firefighters, but also an opportunity to showcase the importance of the mutual aid their departments provide. In addition to supporting each other during fires, it is not rare for departments to cover for others when there are large social gatherings occupying their time. As Baileys Harbor Fire Department honored the life of its former assistant chief Willard Zak, other departments sprang into action when a structure fire started while firefighters were paying their last respects. Assistant Fire Chief Eric Peil says it goes to show the importance of working together.
As for Saturday’s fire, Peil says no definitive cause has been determined, but it was likely an electrical malfunction at the home located on County A in Baileys Harbor that triggered the blaze. No one was hurt, but extensive smoke damage was found throughout the home.