State Fire Marshall’s Office Concludes
Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department responded to a report of flames and smoke coming from the Wesley United Methodist Church. A total of six firefighters responded on the first arriving apparatus. Upon arrival heavy flame and turbulent smoke was seen on the south side of the structure. A box alarm was requested for assistance. A transitional attack was implemented. Entry was then made in an attempt to extinguish the fire. Ventilation was hampered by the heavy plexiglass windows. Crews continue to get pushed back as a result of the heat. Initial repots were that no one was present in the Church. All know last occupants were accounted for.
A second box alarm was requested along with Hewitt and Richfield Fire Departments for assistance. The fire continued to grow and tactics were changed to a defensive attack where the fire was attacked from the outside and exposures were protected. Three homes to the north and one home to the east of the fire structure were evacuated during the incident as a precaution. A backhoe later responded to the scene to help gain access to hidden fire and to alleviate the hazards of the unsupported heavy brick walls. A total of 32 Firefighters from three departments were at the scene. Marshfield Firefighters remained on scene throughout the night to monitor the structure. The State Fire Marshall’s Office has been requested to assist with the investigation. The fire remains under investigation.
After investigation into a fire that left Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshfield a complete loss, the State Fire Marshall’s office have determined that the fire origin in the Kitchen, however the cause is undetermined.
At this time the building has been turned back over to the owner and their insurance company.