LADYSMITH (WEAU) – A man died inside his mobile home after a fire started in it early Wednesday morning. This is the third deadly fire in our area in as many days.
A burned out shell is all that's left of a mobile home after a fire tore through killing the man inside.
“The Hawkins Fire Department responded along with one of our deputies. When the crews got there they found the trailer engulfed in flames they suppressed the fire and found a body inside," says Rusk County Sheriff David Kaminski.
He says 57-year-old Clyde Ogle was the only one in the home at the time. About 6:15 Wednesday morning crews were called to the mobile home in the Village of Hawkins.
"It doesn't look like foul play or anything that will turn into a criminal matter but we will give our assistance as long as it's needed to help the fire department with this and use our resources to find a cause,” says Kaminski.
He says while there's no sign of foul play he hopes investigators can find the cause soon.
"Hopefully we do find an answer but it all depends on how bad the house is burnt and what they can find," says Kaminski.
It took firefighters about three hours to put out the flames. We spoke with the victim's brother, who did not want to go on camera, he says Clyde lived alone. The sheriff says it's never easy to deal with a death in such a small community.
"When we do have fatal fires they're tough because they could be friends, neighbors, relatives or people we've dealt with so it hits home when it's in a small community. It can really take it out of a small community," says Kaminski.
The Sheriff says with three deadly fires in the last three days in western Wisconsin he would think the weather was bad and there would be heater or wood burning-related issues but he says he’s not sure if that’s the case in any of the fires, he just hopes there aren't any more.
"It makes you wonder what's happening. Why they go in streaks like that. Bad things come in threes and I hope this is the end of it,” says Kaminski.
No one else was hurt in the fire and the State Fire Marshal’s Office will help in the investigation.
LADYSMITH (WEAU) – We now know the name of the man whose body was found in a burning mobile home.
The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department says firefighters found Clyde Ogle, 57, of Hawkins was found dead inside the mobile home. No other injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Investigators do not suspect foul play.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice and State Fire Marshal’s office are also investigating.
NEWS RELEASE-On 03/07/12, at about 613am, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a structure fire in the Hawkins Trailer Court on Court Street in the Village of Hawkins. The Hawkins Fire Dept responded to the scene and found a mobile home on fire. While suppressing the fire, firefighters found a body inside the mobile home. The body was identified as that of the occupant of the home - Clyde Ogle, age 57, of Hawkins.
No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but foul play is not suspected at this time.
In addition to the Hawkins Fire Dept, the Rusk County Ambulance, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Rusk County Coroner, and Wisconsin Department of Justice/State Fire Marshal’s office have been or are participating in the investigation.
HAWKINS (WEAU) – One man has died from a mobile home fire in Rusk County.
The fire happened at a mobile home park off of Maple Avenue and Court Drive in the Village of Hawkins. An assistant fire chief with the Hawkins Fire Department says the man was the only one in the house at the time.
The victim’s brother tells us the man was 58 years old and that he lived alone.
Our crew is on the scene in Hawkins and will have the latest on this story coming up on WEAU 13 News at 5 & 6 and also here on WEAU.com.