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Residents safely evacuated from Elm Grove house fire

Restoration crews begin work on a fire-damaged house at 1805 Brojan Drive in Elm Grove on Feb. 18.

Restoration crews begin work on a fire-damaged house at 1805 Brojan Drive in Elm Grove on Feb. 18. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Feb. 19, 2014

An officer was sent to the hospital because of smoke inhalation, but there were no other injuries in a house fire at 1805 Brojan Drive in Elm Grove on Feb. 18.

Damage to the home was between $150,000 and $200,000, based on a preliminary estimate. The total assessed value of the property is $330,000, according to a statement from police.

Police and firefighters responded to the fire about 9:20 p.m. Feb. 18. Two adults in the home were alerted by smoke detectors, called 911 and evacuated.

"Early activation of smoke detectors made the difference in alerting the occupants and getting them out of the house safely," Elm Grove Police Chief James Gage said in a statement.

The first fire truck arrived 11 minutes after their call, he said. City of Brookfield Police assisted.

The Elm Grove officer who suffered from smoke inhalation, Preston Nobile, had tried to enter the home to look for the male resident, who was at first unaccounted for. The man had left on his own.

Police believe the fire originated in a first floor den area, Gage said. The cause is under investigation.

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