Press Release 5.20.2024


Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District

401 W. Main Street, Brooklyn, WI  53521   (608) 455-3812

Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 250, Brooklyn, WI  53521


**Press Release**

Incident number: 24-210382

At 05:32 on Monday May 20, 2024, the Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District was alerted for a residential structure fire at 16547 West Holt Road, in the Town of Union, Rock County.  The property owner, and 911 caller advised that flames were visible, and that the occupants were evacuating.  A Rock County Sheriff deputy arrived shortly after the 911 call was made and confirmed that flames were coming from the roof of the home.

Brooklyn Fire & EMS, along with an engine and tender from Oregon were the initial fire units dispatched to the scene.  Upon arrival, Brooklyn Engine 1 requested Box 3-2 be activated to the 1st alarm level.  This request brought in additional resources from neighboring departments.  The incident was upgraded to the 2nd alarm level, increasing the number of units responding to the scene and for call coverage.

The incident address is an area of the Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District that is not serviced by municipal fire hydrants, water for fire suppression was supplied by trucks that responded to the call, and a fill site was established in the Village of Brooklyn.  Approximately 17,000 gallons of water were used to stop and control the large fire.

Smoke detectors were present and working in the residence.  The detectors activation alerted the homeowners of the emergency.  Smoke detectors save lives!  Please be sure that you have working detectors in your home.

We are grateful for the help and support received from the Dane County 911 Communication Center, the Rock County Sheriff Office, MABAS, and the departments of Oregon, Fitchburg, Belleville, Evansville Fire, Evansville EMS, Monticello, Albany, Verona, Stoughton, New Glarus, McFarland, and Footville.  The Red Cross and Salvation Army also assisted with the needs of the homeowners, and for fire crews that were on scene. 

Respectfully submitted,


Mason Barber / Fire & EMS Operations Chief

Leif Spilde / Fire Division Chief

Justin Wicik / EMS Division Chief