Update: One victim of tragic Langlade County fire identifiedSubmitted: 06/26/2019
Story By Ben Meyer

Update: One victim of tragic Langlade County fire identified
Photos By Diane Turk

Police released the name of the youngest victim Wednesday of a fire that killed six people in Langlade County Tuesday morning.

Zoe Munoz Soto was just under 11-months-old.

The Langlade County Sheriff's Office and the Langlade County Coroner's office are still working to confirm the identities of the others killed in the fire in Pickerel.

They are believed to be a 34-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man, boys ages 7 and 3, and a 1-year-old girl.
The process of DNA collection, comparison, examination and identification is underway.

An autopsy was scheduled Wednesday in Madison for one of the victims.

Police say so far they have not found anything suspicious about the fire.

No cause has been determined so far.


A Tuesday-morning fire in rural Langlade County killed six people, including four children.

It happened near the community of Pickerel.

The children ranged in age from ten months to seven years, according to Langlade County Coroner Larry Shadick.

Two adults survived and were taken to Aspirus Langlade Hospital in Antigo.

The first emergency call came at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Langlade County Sheriff's Office.

"When we arrived, the house was pretty much all involved. There was not much we could do," said Town of Langlade Assistant Fire Chief Don Wineland. "In this case, there was vigorous flames showing all around, so there was no way we were going to get in."

The State Fire Marshal arrived Tuesday afternoon to investigate the fire.

Even though there's no official cause, Shadick said he didn't think it involve anything suspicious.

"We feel it was just a tragic accident. We've got some reports some electrical problems were going on," he said.

Shadick has been working in law enforcement and public safety for more than 40 years. He said he's never seen this number of deaths at one time.

"Go by the house and see a little pair of shoes, a toy, it pulls out your heart," Shadick said. "I've seen firefighters and EMS people crying here today. We've got a great bunch of people up here, and their hearts are so much into it, it's a pretty sad thing."

As of the early afternoon, only five people were confirmed dead, with one missing. Around three o'clock, the sixth and final body was pulled from the home. Shadick said an autopsy would be done on at least one of the bodies.

Fire departments from Wolf River and Pickerel assisted the Town of Langlade Fire Department in putting out the fire.

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