Media Release: House fire in Bayside


For Immediate Release:

Bayside,, WI: Last night, shortly before 10pm, the Bayside Communications Center received a 9- 1-1 call from a resident at 8934 N. Lake Drive in Bayside, reporting he believed someone was inside his home due to noise coming from a back bedroom. Bayside Police squads were dispatched immediately. During the call, the resident went to investigate the noise and found that it was actually heavy fire in a back bedroom. He immediately closed the door to his bedroom and retreated; ultimately exiting a window in the front of the home. The first-arriving Bayside Police squad noted heavy fire coming from the rear of the home, and North Shore Fire/Rescue units were dispatched immediately.

The first-arriving fire companies found a large volume of fire with high heat coming from a back bedroom. They initiated an aggressive offensive attack on the fire. Unfortunately, the fire had already advanced up the exterior of the single-family home into the attic space. Crews were able to quickly knock the fire down and bring it under control.

Only one resident was home at the time of the fire. He was able to safely evacuate the home prior to the arrival of fire crews; and was uninjured. During the course of the firefighting operation, two of the firefighters on the scene suffered numerous bee stings after irritating a nest around the outside of the home. Both firefighters were treated on the scene for at least 10-15 stings. Several other firefighters had to be “decontaminated” after numerous bees were found on their equipment and turnout gear. There were no other injuries to emergency personnel operating at the scene.

Fire and smoke damage was extensive to the area of origin near the bedrooms. Additionally, the entire home was affected by smoke and heat damage. The preliminary damage estimate to the structure and contents is approximately $200,000.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation by the North Shore Fire/Rescue and Bayside Police investigators.

North Shore crews were assisted on scene by the Milwaukee Fire Department. Additionally, subsequent calls for service were covered by several neighboring fire departments.

For more information regarding this release, please contact Lieutenant Dan Tyk, the Public Information Officer for NSFR, at 414-357-0113 ext. 1513 or