At approximately 1:50 AM today, the Fontana Police Department and the
Fontana Fire Department were advised of a structure fire at 919 Juneau Drive in
the Village of Fontana.
Arriving units found the structure (single story home) fully engulfed
and three adult occupants of the house outside who reported that a fourth
subject was still in the house. Firefighters searched and removed an
unconscious 19 year old male, who was attended to by paramedics and MD1. The 19
year was transported to Mercy Walworth Hospital, where he was later declared
deceased. The three other occupants of the house were also transported to area
hospitals and are being treated for injuries.
Fire departments from the Villages of Walworth, Williams Bay, Darien,
along with units from the Cities of Lake Geneva, Delavan, Harvard, and the
Townships of Linn and Delavan assisted in fighting the fire, which was under
control by 2:35 AM.
The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Linn Police Department
also assisted at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fontana Police Department,
the Walworth County Fire Investigation Task Force, and the State of Wisconsin
Deceased – Ryan Opitz, age 19, of Mundelein, IL
Injured – David Opitz, age 54, of Mundelein, IL
Injured – Merry Opitz, age 81, of Fontana, WI
Injured – Travis Breaman, age 19, of Fort Myers, FL
Release issued by Wolfgang Nitsch, Fontana Fire Chief
and Steven Olson, Fontana Police Chief
Contact Person - Chief Nitsch - 262-275-2131