I am not big on ghost stories and I am not a believer. But I guess if there is a place that has a right to be haunted it’s a firehouse built on the site of a former mausoleum. That’s the case of the quarters of Engine 35 and Ladder Truck 16 at 100 N. 64th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The City of Milwaukee took over the site in 1994 after the Fairview Mausoleum, built in 1912, fell into disrepair. The remains of 999 people were removed to a cemetery in town and eventually a fire station was built.
The firehouse is nicknamed the Crypt Keeper. The name sits on a tombstone in front of the station. So is the place haunted?
In anticipation of Halloween, the Journal Sentinel’s Jim Stingl asked that question of the firefighters who work there. It turns out quite a few believe in ghosts. Maybe they should contact those guys who work out of a New York firehouse and drive an old Cadillac ambulance for some help with their problem (see video below).
Below are a few excerpts from Stingl’s article starting with the water from one faucet that comes on in the middle of the night (but click here to read the whole thing before you decide if you believe in ghosts, or at least their ghosts):
“It’s always the cold water, and it’s always full blast. This has happened at least a dozen times,” said firefighter Ron Reagan, who is not the ghost of a former president.
I don’t want to take the cold water imagery too far, but three people interred at the mausoleum were on the Titanic. The man died that night, and his wife and daughter survived in a lifeboat.
Josh Larson tells of a night when he was on watch duty at the firehouse. His laptop computer, which he had turned off and tucked into its case, suddenly switched on and began playing music on YouTube. To be exact, it was Zac Brown Band’s version of “Feel Like Making Love.” Um, no thanks, Jacob Marley.
Elsa Gomez has been spooked more than once. There was the time she heard two large pans and a popcorn pot fall off the stove in the kitchen, and was shocked to find them on the floor but nowhere near the stove. “They just flew off the stove basically, is what I’m saying. It was weird,” she said.
Then there was the night when she and a fellow firefighter were relaxing in chairs on either side of a floor lamp. Suddenly the lamp plug popped out of the wall, and the room went dark. They couldn’t think of any logical explanation.
So, is your firehouse haunted?
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