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Photo credit: Shelley McOwen GulbrandsonA fire that started in an outbuilding at Ron’s Custom Cabinets Tuesday destroyed a workshop and sent a South Shore firefighter to the hospital.
A fire that started in an outbuilding at Ron’s Custom Cabinets Tuesday destroyed a workshop and sent a South Shore firefighter to the hospital. South Shore Battalion Chief Jon Keiser confirmed that crews were dispatched at 7:57 p.m. for a report of a structure fire at 8312 Gittings Road. Keiser said he arrived at 8:03 p.m. and found an outbuilding fully engulfed by fire. The neighborhood there is not connected to municipal water so the first apparatus on scene was a tanker, he added, and firefighters pulled the mutual aid alarm to bring additional tankers to the fire. “The initial attack was a joint effort with Caledonia Fire, since Station 10 was the closest responding station,” Keiser continued. A firefighter was injured during staging, but his injuries are not life threatening. Flames were under control in minutes and fully extinguished about 40 minutes after the first crews arrived, he said. Racine Fire Bells were requested, and WE Energies was called to shut off a gas line that burned after the valve sealing the pipe melted in the fire. A nearby building was protected but did suffer some damage. The location of the fire is a total loss, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Keiser said he should have additional details when he distributes a press release later Tuesday night.

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