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Pierce County man injured while battling structure fire

A Hager City man was hospitalized Tuesday while attempting to put out a fire that destroyed his garage.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 59-year-old Douglas Volenec was transported to Mayo Clinic Health  System-Red Wing for injuries sustained while trying to extinguish the blaze on his own.

Deputies and Ellsworth firefighters were called to the fire at 9:39 a.m. April 10 at W7694 163rd Ave. in the town of Trenton for a fully engulfed detached garage fire.

The extent of damage to the garage and the severity of Volenec’s injuries were not disclosed in a sheriff’s office news release.

Ellsworth and Red Wing ambulance services assisted firefighters and deputies on the scene.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin. 

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