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Fire departments helping out volunteer force who lost everything in blaze

TOWN OF GORDON, WI (WTAQ) - Fire departments throughout Wisconsin are lending equipment to a volunteer force that lost everything in a blaze last Thursday. 

The town of Gordon, about 35 miles south of Superior, lost its fire hall and everything in it -- including a half-dozen fire trucks and firefighters' gear. 

By Saturday, Gordon already had a truck loaned by nearby Grantsburg. The town of Jackson in southeast Wisconsin loaned a truck during the weekend. 

Gordon Fire Chief Mike Chmielecki said a third truck was expected to arrive Monday.

Also, the state and Douglas County Emergency Management provided things like hoses and tools. Indianhead Technical College offered gear from its fire training program. The chief says other donations are also being made. 

The blaze appears to have started in an office area -- but the chief said the damage was so extensive, it's likely impossible that a cause will be determined. A tentative damage estimate is around $1 million. 

The donated gear is being stored in Gordon's highway garage, next to the fire hall.

A benefit dinner is set for Friday evening at the Gordon Town Hall. The National Bank of Commerce in Solon Springs has a fund in which people can send donations.