By Tim Kowols
Members from every mainland Door County fire department convened Thursday to rehash the good and the bad from Sunday’s fire that destroyed Egg Harbor’s Shipwrecked Brewpub and Inn. Egg Harbor Fire Department traditionally holds the meeting after their major fires, but Sunday marked the first time a fire in the area reached Box 5 status on the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System and new rehab procedures were used to cycle firefighters in and out. Fire Chief Steve Schopf says he felt MABAS worked well for those fighting the blaze, but minor tweaks might be needed for departments providing backfill help as more were called into action.
Schopf admits the rehab process, which started after a firefighter went through two bottles of air and included having their vitals checked, tested the patience of those who wanted to get back to fighting the fire.
The cause of Sunday’s fire was filed in the report as undetermined, but Schopf says the source came from an outlet in the guest room where the blaze started.