Town of Colfax home destroyed by fire Dec. 26

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  A Town of Colfax home located on 810th Avenue was destroyed by fire Monday evening, December 26.

The Colfax Community Fire Department was dispatched at shortly after 10 p.m. last Monday to the home of Pamela Graffice at E9781 810th Avenue, according to Marshall Multhauf, chief deputy with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.

Graffice reportedly was the only person at home and was able to get out of the residence, although a dog died in the fire.

“It was more than fully engulfed when we got there. It was down already,” said Colfax Fire Chief Don Logslett, noting that the Colfax fire department had received the call at 10:09 p.m.

Graffice was unable to call 911 because the battery on her cell phone was dead, and the keys to her vehicle were in the house, he said.

The fire was reported by Brittany Rothbauer, who called in a possible structure fire because she could see smoke and flames, Chief Deputy Multhauf said. 

Multhauf said he did not know whether Rothbauer was a passer-by or a neighbor.

The Chippewa Fire Protection District, Howard-Wheaton division, along with the Elk Mound fire department, provided mutual aid. 

Dunn Energy and the American Red Cross also responded to the scene, Chief Deputy Multhauf noted.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, although nothing apparently appeared to be suspicious because the Dunn County Sheriff Department’s arson division had not yet been contacted the day after the fire, Multhauf said.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 3:52 a.m.

The house was located southeast of Colfax, several miles south of county Highway N.