Firefighters battle flames and winter weather in Grafton


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Firefighters battle flames and winter weather in Grafton

By Michele Fiore. CREATED Feb 1, 2014

GRAFTON - They're boarding up what's left of Auto Body Repair. Management was in the process of putting on an addition when the building caught fire Saturday morning. Fortunately, no one was inside when flames sparked around 8:30am, but more than a dozen vehicles were destroyed.

Firefighters knew they'd face the weather head-on when they got the call. Fresh snow and cold temps can lead to injuries. But, when they pulled up at Total Auto Body, first responders found some other challenges.

"The first companies in found heavy fire showing from one side of an auto body. We had some complications with energized electric on the metal building which prevented us from getting in for a little while," said Bill Rice, Grafton Fire Chief.

So they did what they could, knocking down flames at the doors and dousing the building with water. Water in itself was another problem and firefighters determined they'd need help from other departments in Ozaukee County and North Shore Fire.

"This part of Grafton does not have hydrants, so we have to bring all the water to the scene. So the larger water tenders," said Chief Rice.

No one was injured in the fire. Investigators still don't know what caused it. At first, they thought that space heaters might have done it, but now it seems they are not to blame. 

Michele Fiore

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Michele Fiore joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2013 after spending two years as a part-time reporter/anchor for our sister station, Newsradio 620 WTMJ.