Wisconsin Firefighter Killed, Others Injured After Dumpster Explosion

ST. ANNA, Wis. - Authorities say a Dumpster outside an eastern Wisconsin foundry has exploded, killing one firefighter and injuring at least four others.

Victims Identifed
Steven Koeser, age 33
- died of blunt force trauma

Brad S. Woelfel, age 28
-transported to Theda Clark Medical Center- soft body injuries, no broken bones, all injuries are non-life threatening, he is in good condition and has been released.

Michael W. Fromm, age 27
-transported to Calumet Medical Center - treated for multiple burns and was released

Jeffrey L. Fliss, age 31
-transported to Calumet Medical Center - treated for multiple burns and was released

Matthew J. Winkel, age 28
-transported to Calumet Medical Center - treated for multiple burns and was released

Joshua P. Mertens, age 31
-transported to Calumet Medical Center - treated for sore back and released

Kurt P. Kelling, age 30
-transported to Calumet Medical Center - treated for minor injuries and released

Chase J. Fritsch, age 17
-transported to Calumet Medical Center - treated for minor injuries and released

Joshua Tyler Scott, age 15
-transported to Calumet Medical Center - treated for ear ringing and released


STATter911.com: One Firefighter Dead, Eight Others Injured

Calumet County Sheriff Gerald Pagel says it's not clear what caused the blast Tuesday evening.

The Dumpster is outside Bremer Manufacturing near rural St. Anna.

Pagel says a patrol officer saw a fire on the Bremer grounds Tuesday about 7:20 p.m. and called the fire department.

Neighbors tell The Post-Crescent of Appleton they heard an explosion just before 8 p.m. that shook homes, cracked walls and sent a plume of white smoke into the sky.

Calument County deputy Brett Bowe says a 33-year-old firefighter died at the scene.

A hospital official says one firefighter is in critical condition. Pagel says three others have non-life-threatening injuries.

Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com

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Prayers are with you WI brothers and sisters.
May your soul rest in peace in the paradise,brother.
Your duty here is done, we'll take it from here. Rest in peace Brother.
Desde Latinoamérica nuestro mas sentido pésame para la familia y compañeros del Bombero muerto y deseamos la pronta recuperación de los Bomberos heridos.
Praying for all those involved in this tragedy.
RIP Brother. How many of us have responded to a dumpster fire. This is spooky.
My prayers are with this fallen firefighter's family as well as the injured firefighter. Rest in peace hero.
This is a reminder that we have to look at even the simplest of fires, can be dangerous. Dumpster fires are probably one of the more of the "mystery" fires. You just never know what people throw away in those things. Propane, paints, thinners who knows, I have seen old O2 tanks. Our prayers go out to the families and may there souls rest in peace. Wakan Tankan Nici Un (May the Great Spirit walk with you)
Firefigthers from Ste-Agagthe FD, Quebec, Canada, send their prayers to our brothers of Calumet county.
What did the company manufacture? Rest in peace brother.
Our prayers are with the family of our lost Brother, along with those injured in this tragedy...

Fire Station 24B - OKC

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