Firefighters work to knock down a fire at a home off County Road E.
Firefighters work to knock down a fire at a home off County Road E.

   “I didn’t realize it was going to spread as fast as it did.”

   Tony Reilly had stepped away from the smoky wall for but a moment to grab a fire extinguisher.

   But that’s all it took for the home he shares with husband Scott Henke and two of their grown sons — all of whom got out safely — to become engulfed in flames.

   In the end, the home proved a total loss in what Ripon Area Fire District officials are calling one of “the most stubborn fires” in recent memory.

   It took about 80 firefighters six hours to put the blaze out at N9304 County Road E, located just north of the city of Ripon.

   “Normally, we’re on a house fire two to three hours, and we’re done,” Fire Chief Tim Saul said.

Read the full story in the July 5, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.