A 45-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in Eau Claire for smoke inhalation injuries after her house caught fire on Monday morning, Aug. 11, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.
The woman—the home owner—called the Barron County Dispatch Center at 2:25 a.m., complaining of waking up with breathing issues due to smoke in her house. She said her house was on fire, and dispatchers told her to get outside and away from the house.
New Auburn Fire Department responded to the residence the 200 block of 30th Street, north of the village of New Auburn. New Auburn requested firefighters and water tankers from Chetek Fire Department. The fire was knocked down by 2:55 a.m. After, firefighters checked for hot spots.
The woman was transported by Mayo Ambulance to Eau Claire.
Dispatch logs said the woman sent a message to her boyfriend several minutes before she reported the fire.
The following day, Barron County Sheriff’s Department, New Auburn Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the cause to see if the fire was intentional or not.
Authorities at the scene said the inside of the house sustained substantial damage.