Village of Germantown - Two firefighters were injured after battling a fire at N128 W20158 Holy Hill Road on Wednesday, Dec. 21 that resulted in the total loss of the Germantown home.
Germantown Fire Chief Gary Weiss said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but the circumstances are not suspicious.
When the Germantown Fire Department arrived to the scene, the two and a half story home had flames and smoke coming out of the multiple windows on the first level.
The home was built in the late 1800s with a balloon-frame structure, which allowed the flames to spread quickly through concealed spaces in the walls. Firefighters could not enter the home at all because of the danger of the situation. While on the scene, one firefighter was injured when a unknown item struck his or her head; they are being monitored for a concussion, and a second firefighter is being treated for a possible dislocated shoulder.
In this particular area of Germantown, water was difficult for the fire department to access, so 13 area fire departments assisted with this fire; five tankers from these departments were carrying water to help fight the flames, according to Weiss.
After fighting the fire from the outside of the home for some time, the department eventually requested a front-end loader to tear down the home.
Weiss declared the home a total loss and estimated the damage to be $210,000, $25,000 of which is the estimate of possessions that were lost in the fire.