LOCAL MAN DIES AS RESULT OF HOUSE FIRE
On November 17th, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at W2581 County Road M in the town of Greenwood Taylor County. Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies, RibLake Fire Dept., Medford Fire Dept., and Medford Ambulance were dispatched.
Upon Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies arrival, the house was fully engulfed in thick smoke. Deputies could hear a television on and could see a lamp on in what was believed to be the living room portion of the residence. Believing somebody may be in the residence deputies attempted to enter through the front door but were quickly overcome by dense smoke and zero visibility. Deputies also forced open the back door and attempted entry again but were overcome by the smoke once again. Deputies’ yells into the residence were met with no reply.
Once Medford and RibLake Fire Departments arrived on scene fire department personnel made entry into the residence and extricated one unresponsive male victim. The victim, identified as 77 year old Leroy H. Thieme was later pronounced dead at Medford Aspirus Hospital.
Cause of the fire has not yet been determined, investigation is pending