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A Washington Island man had to be taken to Door County Medical Center for injuries he sustained when his home was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. The Washington Island Fire Department was called to a home on Townline Road just after 1 a.m. Saturday. When crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed, prompting more firefighters to be called from the mainland via a mutual box alarm system. Washington Island Fire Chief Pete Nelsen said Monday morning that their attack first began in a more defensive mode because he had one fire engine dedicated to cooling the oil tank and propane tank enough to prevent them from burning. Nelsen added that they had the fire mostly under control before Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Ephraim and Baileys Harbor firefighters were able to board the ferry to help put out the fire and clean up afterward. A separate medical call further complicated the process. Nelsen is very appreciative of MABAS helping his department with calls like these, where firefighters can give bills to their crews. While Washington Island has benefited from MABAS several times, he says the only time Washington Island firefighters were able to return the favor was during last year’s fire that destroyed much of Rowley’s Bay Resort. The fire was mostly extinguished before 3:30 am. The fire remains under investigation and only one homeowner was injured.

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