Caledonia Man, 77-Years-Old, Dies After Fire Starts In Home

Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 --- 10:35 a.m.

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) -- Caledonia police say a man who was careless with his "smoking materials" has died after a fire started in his living room and filled the room with smoke.

Police say the victim was 77-year-old Duane J. Rymenams. He died Monday night following a fire that began about 7 p.m.

Caledonia Fire Chief Jeff Buenger says Rymenams was on oxygen, and the oxygen system caused the flames to spread quickly.

Firefighters arrived on the scene just after the fire started. A Journal Times of Racine report ( ) says they pulled Rymenams from his kitchen and performed CPR, but he died at a hospital.

Buenger says a dog in the home was taken to a veterinary hospital with apparent breathing problems. It's expected to survive.


Information from: The Journal Times,

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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