A house in the town of Waupun sustained significant damage and is considered a complete loss after a fire Friday afternoon.

That is according to a press release sent out by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.

The release noted that today (Friday) at approximately 1:43 p.m., a deputy from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office was passing by a residence, located at N4129 Highway 26 in the township of Waupun, when he observed smoke and flames coming from the rear of the two-story residence.

At the same time, the Fond du Lac County Communications Center began taking multiple 911 calls of a structure fire at that location. Additional deputies, along with the Waupun Country Fire Department were dispatched. The deputy on scene observed two occupants still inside the residence that were unable to safely exit due to smoke and flames blocking the exits.

The deputy was able to utilize a Halligan tool to break open a window and safely remove a 66-year-old male and his 31-year-old son, both of whom reside at the residence.

Through investigation it was determined that a lawn mower had been parked in front of the garage and next to the entry door. The lawn mower started on fire, which quickly spread to the residence and attached garage. The fire is not believed to be suspicious, according to the release.

The 66-year-old male sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene. No other injuries occurred as a result of the fire.

Fire departments assisting at the scene include Alto, Oakfield, Brandon-Fairwater, town of Fond du Lac, city of Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac, Lomira, Knowles, Fox Lake, Lamartine, Eden and St. Cloud. LifeStar Ambulance, the Fond du Lac County Highway Department and Alliant Energy also assisted.

Highway 26 was closed between County Road TC and Highway 151 for approximately five hours during the incident.

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