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SAFER: Saturday’s fire ‘first five-alarm in company history.’

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Saturday Wausau Grundman Fire

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Saturday's fire off Packer Drive was a multi-company affair.

It took hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to control, according to the South Area Fire & Emergency Response District (SAFER).

The blaze was also the first 5-alarm fire in the company's history.

According to a press release, the fire started Saturday afternoon on Packer Drive. The windy conditions, including gusts as high as 29 miles an hour, aided the quick spread.

In total, SAFER says six buildings and multiple vehicles were lost.

The fire took over 150 firefighters and 225,000 gallons of water to extinguish over the course of eight hours.

After it was first called, the fire only took 50 minutes to become a 5-alarm mutual-aid call.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

In total, 17 water tenders, 11 engines, 2 ladder trucks and multiple brush and command vehicles were involved in the effort.

Mason Dowling

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