Westford fire claims one victim

TOWN OF WESTFORD — Fire swept through a Town of Westford residence on Thanksgiving night, claiming one life.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office reported 85-year-old Eleanor Neumann, who lived at the residence and was rescued by a Dodge County deputy from the burning home, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The cause of death, and the cause of the fire, are still under investigation. Eleanor’s husband, Ruben Neumann, 92, was able to exit the home on his own; the husband sustained non-life-threatening injuries

The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded at 10:25 pm to reports of a house fire with victims trapped in the basement at N7295 Watercress Lane. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire on the first floor.

Beaver Dam paramedics treated and transported the female to Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam; she later died from her injuries. Watertown EMS treated and transported the male to Marshfield. He was being treated for his injuries.

No firefighter injuries were reported, but one deputy was treated for smoke exposure.

Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel said a rural firefighting operation was initiated and the flames were extinguished with several hose lines. Units from fire departments in Juneau, Randolph, Lowell, Horicon, Burnett, and Fox Lake assisted at the scene. Mayville EMS and Hustisford Fire provided coverage for the City of Beaver Dam. The Beaver Dam Auxiliary was also activated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal.

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