WAUZEKA, Wis. (KCRG-TV9) - The Wauzeka Fire Department and other first responders made a horrible discovery after they put out the flames of a house fire - the bodies of two teenagers.
Two teenaged sisters, 12-year-old Lena Bartels and 15-year-old Trinity Bartels, died after their house caught fire the night of January 18, 2016 in Wauzeka, Wisconsin. (Brea Love, KCRG-TV9)
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office took a call of a house engulfed in flames at 11:39 p.m. Monday in the village of Wauzeka, Wisconsin. The Sheriff's Office says the caller, a deputy and other neighbors were trying to get inside the home, but couldn't.
"A passing motorist called in saw smoke coming from the house behind me, by the time he got turned around and stopped, he tried to make entry into the house, the house was engulfed in flames,” Lt. Jaden McCullick said.
When the fire was out, emergency crews found the bodies of two sisters. They are 12-year-old Lena Bartels and 15-year-old Trinity Bartels. The Sheriff's Office said they were the only two people in the home at the time of the fire.
McCullick said this type of tragedy doesn't happen often, and has a big impact on the community.
“This is a very small, close nit community, things like this affect us greatly, but the nice thing about this community is we pull together well as a community, and I think together we’ll get through this," he said.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire. DCI, The State Fire Marshal and ATF are helping with that investigation. Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said he "absolutely feels there is nothing suspicious that caused the fire."
The Wauzeka Fire Department, Boscobel Fire Department and Boscobel EMS also responded to the call.