5 Teens Escape Sheboygan House Fire - WBAY

5 Teens Escape Sheboygan House Fire


Five teenage girls and two pets are safe after making it out of a house just before a fire swept through the entire home.

The fire started just before midnight Sunday in a house on Ohio Avenue.

"I had just gone to bed and all of the sudden I heard a loud explosion, and I looked out the window and the whole garage was engulfed in flames," said neighbor Betty Jensen.

Fire crews stayed on scene until about 10 a.m. to put out hot spots.

In the afternoon, debris piles outside the front door. In the driveway, two cars also scorched by flames. Around back, a charred black exterior of what used to be a yellow house.

The Sheboygan Fire Department says the flames were so big they could be seen from a half mile away.

Fire officials said they responded to the fire about four minutes after receiving a 911 call about the fire, but the fire spread very quickly.

A group of friends, the five teenage girls were home, reportedly watching movies, when the fire started.

All five, plus the family's dog and cat, made it out of the house safely. 

"They realized that, you know, human life is the most important thing, everything else can be replaced. So they definitely made the right decision to stay out
Like that," said Tim Kohlbeck, Sheboygan Fire Department's Battalion Chief.

Fire officials say the fire likely started in the garage and don't know why it spread so quickly or caused so much damage.

The investigation is over and authorities are now working on a report.

Nobody was injured.

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