Fire destroys house in Fond du Lac

Fond du Lac firefighters battle a house fire, Jan. 24, 2014. (WLUK/Emily Deem)
Fond du Lac firefighters battle a house fire, Jan. 24, 2014. (WLUK/Emily Deem)

FOND DU LAC - A Fond du Lac man jumped through a window to save himself after his home went up in flames early Friday morning.

A smoke detector startled homeowner Shannon Carlson out of sleep Friday morning. He awoke to smoke filling his room. Carlson did not want to go on camera, but told FOX 11 he had to jump through his front window to save himself.

"It was extreme fire on the first level and then back up in the attic and we put a lot of water in it,” said Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary.

It wasn't only the flames crews had to deal with but also the weather, temperatures felt like -25 degrees.

“Your fingers don't want to work some of the equipment up on the bucket isn't working. So, just difficult all around,” said one Fond du Lac firefighter.

"Yeah, a lot of the guys were having problems with hoses and stuff.  We keep stuff flowing, that's why you have a lot of water. We keep the hoses flowing and lines flowing to keep them open,” said Troy Haase, division chief of fire prevention.

Eight different fire departments responded to the scene, the Red Cross assisted in the fire and officials say 50-60 more firefighters were also brought in to help. Warming stations were in place to help relieve crew members.

“We move people into the ambulances after they do so much work. We try to check their vitals and make sure they're healthy and physical and still ready to go. They get them warmed up and get some food and drink,” said Haase.

Water instantly froze to the streets and sidewalks creating dangerous conditions for firefighters.

Crews say no matter what Mother Nature brings them they still have a job to do.

As for Carlson, he says although he lost everything, he's lucky to be alive.

Firefighters still don't know what started the fire.