Four dead in Oconto house fire

Published: Jan. 17, 2020 at 5:12 AM CST
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Four people were found dead after a house fire in Oconto Friday morning.

The fire call came in shortly before 3 a.m. on Fabry St.

Oconto Fire Chief John Reed said his department arrived on scene early Friday morning to find the home engulfed in flames. Due to the instability of the structure, crews were not able to go inside until several hours later.

"Identification of the victims and notification of the next-of-kin is pending," reads a statement from the Oconto Fire Department.

A family pet was also found dead.

The Oconto Unified School District released a statement saying "hearts and thoughts" are with those impacted by the fire.

The district refers to the fire as "a tragic incident that has occurred within the community."

"Our hearts and thoughts are with those impacted. At this point in time, we are communicating with local authorities and have enacted our crisis protocol. Counselors are available in the school offices as students need. We will continue to communicate a broader plan as more information is available."

Officials say Oconto County Human Services will be available for emergency services, and can be reached at 920-834-7000.

In addition, officials say counselors were available in each school's office on Friday.

Police add there will also be additional emergency counseling services at Oconto High School on Saturday, January 18, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3-5 p.m., and 6-8 p.m.

UPDATE: The incident that was referred to in the previous post was related to a house fire in the city of Oconto. We are...

Posted by Oconto Unified School District on Friday, January 17, 2020

Police and firefighters spent the morning going through what's left of the home.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting local officials with the investigation.

"The roof on the one story part is already collapsed," Chief Reed told us during the fire fight.

"The challenge was the fire was so hot that we couldn't send anybody at that time," says Reed.

UPDATE: DEVELOPING/PHOTOS IN COMMENTS: We continue to follow breaking news of a house fire in Oconto (Fabry Street). Still have not heard if anyone was hurt. It was a very active scene this morning with 40-50 firefighters working to put it out in the bitter cold. #Action2NewsThisMorning WBAY TV-2

Posted by Aisha Morales WBAY on Friday, January 17, 2020

The chief told Action 2 News the ceiling of the home was sagging. At one point early Friday afternoon, an excavator was brought in to take material off of the roof.

Aisha Morales first alerted you to the fire on Action 2 News This Morning. She witnessed heavy smoke pouring out of the home.