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One Year Later: Germann Road Fire

Updated: 05/12/2014 5:11 PM
Created: 05/12/2014 3:21 PM WDIO.com

One of the largest fires to hit Wisconsin in 33 years, happened one year ago on May 14, 2013. A wildfire burned across Gordon and Highland in Douglas County and into Barnes in Bayfield County. A total of 100 buildings were destroyed including twenty homes and cabins. Almost 7,500 acres burned.

Eyewitness News went back to Gordon one year later... to check the progress of rebuilding. To visit with some of the people affected by the large blaze.

June Thielen lost a garage in the fire, but she could have lost much more. Thielen was taking a nap when the fire broke out. She woke up to a pounding on her door. She was saved by what she calls her "angel" and is forever grateful.

"It's like what do you say to a guy that saved your life," Thielen said.  "Thank you? Thank you from the bottom of my heart. That just didn't seem enough."

Tom Plant lost their cabin. It was completely destroyed by the Germann Road Fire. Thankfully, they weren't there at the time of the fire, but drove up the following day in hopes of saving something. There was nothing to save.

They have rebuilt, and are very happy with their new cabin, but it is tough to lose all those memories.

"When we think of all the photo albums all the logs we kept for deer hunting and fishing," Plant said.  "That part hurts a little."

A look back... The Germann Road Fire... One Year Later.
Tuesday on Eyewitness News at Six.

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