Eau Claire Fire Department Fights Large House Fire on Putnam Street

A large house fire in Eau Claire broke out on the night of May 15th just off of Birth Street on Putnam Street and the intersection with Omaha Street. Sounded like an abandoned home caught fire. The house was fully engulfed by the time I arrived. The house fire also started the next door home on fire as well while the owner looked on in disbelief. The Eau Claire Fire Department did what they could to contain the fires and the Altoona Fire Department was also called in as mutual aid. These devastating fires are such an incredible force to see in action. To see a home owner watch his house and belonging being threatened by fire is very disheartening. I have personally talked to the home owner a few months after the fire which took a lot of his personal belongings but he was doing well and very thankful that everyone was alive and safe.

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  • Herb Ruscin - January 27, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    Hard to look at images, and even though I was there some shots I don’t remember. Good photography but very emotional.ReplyCancel

  • […] you can see the melted Spartan badge on Engine 10. This badge was melted from the large house fire on Putnam Street (which can be seen here). The truck was parked pretty far from the fire but the extreme heat was still able deform the badge […]ReplyCancel

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  • Jason Atter - January 27, 2013 - 11:17 pm

    Remember this like yesterday. Thankful everyone was ok, but a sad day we lost great neighbors.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Atter - January 27, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    I agree with Jason !ReplyCancel

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