House Fire Investigation
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The small town of Rosendale in Fond du Lac county is shaken following the death of a man who intentionally set fire to his home.
Neighbors near highway 26 and Wisconsin street had to be evacuated Friday night because investigators believed the home could be booby-trapped and rigged with explosives.
"Very good guy. Nobody ever had problems with him at all," said Raj Garcha, the gas station owner across the street from where the fire took place. Garcha says he knew the man who lived in the house and that no one ever could have seen something like this coming.
Friday night the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department received a call from relatives saying that the man inside the home may be suicidal, but by the time deputies got to the house it was already in flames.
The police blocked off Highway 26 and Wisconsin street and evacuated nearby homes as fire fighters arrived on scene.
Today Wisconsin street is still blocked off, but the fire chief says last night there were wires coming out of the house which potentially could have been explosives and in a situation like that the fire department says they proceed with caution.
"We do what we call a 360. We go around the house before we go in to take a look at the structure," said Peter O'Leary, the Fond du Lac county fire chief.
O'Leary says the fire department works very closely with the police in cases like this.
"They're looking out for our safety and we rely on them to provide that type of intelligence to us before we go and try to do our job, said O'Leary.
Currently police are still working on figuring out just how this fire was started and on identifying the body that was found inside, in the meantime Garcha says he can't belive something like this could happen.
"What happened yesterday was a shocker," said Garcha.