Woman rescued from burning house in Fond du Lac

The woman, who's hearing impaired, didn't realize the house was on fire
Published: Feb. 7, 2023 at 5:12 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 7, 2023 at 5:08 PM CST
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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - Firefighters rescued a Fond du Lac woman from her burning house early Tuesday.

At 1:32 a.m., crews were called to a house fire on the 900 block of Ashbury Ct. Crews arrived to find “heavy fire conditions” coming from the roof.

Firefighters were told there might be someone inside. They rescued a woman from her bedroom. She was not hurt.

“Thanks to the swift actions from a neighbor alerting 911 that the home was on fire, Fond du Lac Fire Rescue members were able to respond quickly and rescue the resident from the home without injury,” said Fire Chief Erick Gerritson.

The fire chief said the woman is hard of hearing.

“She actually asked our firefighters to as we were rescuing her to grab her hearing aids, but yeah, she did not hear anything. She didn’t even know we were in the building or that her building was on fire until our crews woke her up,” Gerritson said.

A neighbor down the street noticed the flames.

”It’s not very common for me to stay up that late, but I couldn’t fall asleep so I was doing some homework and I could see some light coming from the corner of my eye and I was like, ‘What is that?’ and I was like, 911 out,” Luan Bibb said.

She and her father didn’t hesitate to run to the house, knowing someone was probably inside.

“As we were coming down the street there was fire already coming through the roof. So when I got there, I tried to see if anyone was home. Ring the doorbell, bang on windows, bang on door, no response. It was only a couple minutes of me doing that and the fire department was here,” Patrick Bibb said.

Fond du Lac Fire Rescue says strong winds “fed the fire.” It took crews about an hour to extinguish the fire.

The home is considered a “total loss,” according to the fire department. What started the fire is under investigation.

Fond du Lac Police helped at the scene. Alliant Energy was called to secure the utility.

Firefighters will canvass the neighborhood to hand out fire safety information.