A fire broke out at a residence at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the town of Saukville, resulting in injuries to the homeowner and a firefighter.
The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department responded to reports of a fire in the garage of a residence on Highway 33 South. The garage was fully engulfed in flames when deputies arrived on the scene. The fire ultimately destroyed the entire residence.
According to a news release, the homeowner, 41-year-old Christopher Unger, was using a motorized siphon to remove gas from a boat fuel tank when it ignited. Unger was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton with serious but non-life threatening burns on his hands and legs.
Fire departments from 13 communities responded to the fire, including Saukville, Port Washington, Cedarburg, and Grafton. A firefighter from Newburg was also transported to Aurora Medical Center with a heat-related injury.
Traffic on Highway 33 South between Goose and Birchwood Road near the scene of the fire was temporarily suspended.
The fire remains under investigation by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department, though foul play or suspicious activities are not suspected.