Merrill FD Responds to 3 Fires in 3 Hours over the Weekend

By: Brian Dummer Email
By: Brian Dummer Email

The Merrill Fire Department said three weekend fires cause more than $400,000 damage in the city.

The department respond to three fire all just about one hour a part.

The first fire was reported at noon Saturday at a storage unit on County Road C in the Town of Merrill. Dispatch received a call reporting truck on fire inside one of the units. Bystanders and a deputy sheriff were able to pull the truck from the unit. The cause of that fire has not yet been determined. The damage is estimated to be about $5,000.

The most serious damage was reported around 1 p.m. Saturday at Yorde Tool & Machining on Jackson Street in Merrill. Fire crews were able to stop the fire progress at the fire wall. However, damage estimates are believed to be around $400,000.

And just before 3 p.m., crews responded to the 400 block of Genesse Street for a report of smoke coming from an attic. The department said the fire was contained to the room of origin. The damage is believed to be around $23,000.

The second and third call came in as crews were still at the scene of the storage unit fire. Merrill Fire Chief Dave Savone said mutual aid from neighboring department was crucial in keeping the fires under control

"There was a lot of fire and a lot of work to be done. We just wouldn't have been able to do it by ourselves, and someday we will be able to pay it forward and come back to those towns when they need a hand,” he explained.

The Merrill Fire Department received mutual aid from Corning, Pine River, Wausau, Tomahawk, and Russel. As well as Merrill Police, the Lincoln County Sheriff's office and the DNR.

The chief says the vehicle and factory fires are still under investigation. But he says they believe candles may have started the house fire.

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