Warning issued about burning

Ozaukee Press Staff

The Belgium Fire Department was one of five to help extinguish a shed fire at 5540 Farm Rd. in the town of Belgium Saturday afternoon.

By the time crews arrived, a 15-by-20-foot shed was nearly burned to the ground, Fire Chief Dan Birenbaum said.

The fire extended to a nearby house and damaged an outside portion, he said.

Nobody was in the house at the time. No firefighters were injured. A neighbor called in the fire.

Unattended burning materials near the shed started the structure on fire, Birenbaum said. He said he wasn’t sure what was inside the shed.

The department was on the scene about an hour. Other departments responding were Fredonia, Port Washington, Saukville and Waubeka, as well as the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Justin Kaas said in a statement that the Sheriff’s Office has responded to four fires related to controlled burns this month and asks people not to burn items until dry conditions and high winds change.

Birenbaum agrees.

“With the grass being so dry, if it gets away you’re not going to be able to stop it by yourself,” he said.



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