Snowmobile Fatalities-Injury This Weekend, Fire In Rhinelander

Feb 11, 2019


The improved snowmobiling conditions in the Northwoods proved to be deadly for two persons with a third person in serious condition in three area counties over the weekend.

The Department of Natural Resources reports in:

* Iron County: Last Friday afternoon , a snowmobile with a single operator collided with a vehicle on a state highway. The operator is hospitalized and on life support due to the serious injuries suffered.

* Langlade County: On Saturday, Feb. 9, a snowmobile with a single occupant collided with an automobile on a state highway. The snowmobile operator was killed.

* Forest County: About 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, two snowmobiles were traveling eastbound on a snowmobile trail on Pickerel Lake when a passenger and operator on the lead snowmobile were ejected. The ejected passenger then was struck by the second snowmobile, which was traveling behind as part of the same group. The passenger died prior to a medical flight to hospital. Fatalities were also reported in Dunn and Calumet counties.

A fire in a dryer at 805 East Timber Drive brought out Rhinelander Fire Departments and two other area departments Sunday afternoon.

Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams reported the department got the call about 5:30 p.m. that there was heavy smoke coming from the apartment on the second floor of building 8.

Two firefighters entered the apartment and quickly put out the blaze.

Two occupants were outside and were treated by EMS personnel.

The fire was in the dryer but had also burned the walls surrounding the dryer. Smoke and water damage was reported but all residents were able to return to their apartments.

Pine Lake and Pelican Fire Departments assisted.