By Tim Kowols
Members of Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department had their choice of incidents to respond to Saturday evening that left a garage and its contents in Brussels completely destroyed and one person injured in a vehicle accident. Just after 10:30 p.m. the fire department responded to a residence on Swamp Road with a fully engulfed garage near other structures on the property. Within 10 seconds of getting the fire call, the department received word on a vehicle crash with injuries at County XC and Rabbit Road also in Brussels. BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says with calls that close and temperatures that low, he had to be proactive with both incidents.
A propane heater in the garage may be to blame for the garage fire, which also destroyed a truck, a four-wheeler, and other items. Vandertie says the victim in the vehicle crash was airlifted from Brussels Town Park via the Eagle III helicopter, but was unsure of the person’s condition. Southern Door, Luxemburg, and Casco Fire Departments provided help on the fire call, while Sturgeon Bay Fire Department, Brussels EMR, and Door County Emergency Services responded to the vehicle accident.