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Fire destroys an apartment building on La Crosse's southside

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A southside home is being called a total loss following a fire that swept through Thursday afternoon. 

The La Crosse Fire Department was called to the home at 918-922 5th Avenue South around 215pm for a reported grease fire on a kitchen stove.

There are three apartments in the home and everyone in the building was able to get out by the time firefighters arrived.  Heavy smoke and flames were visible when they pulled up. 

Firefighters had to use two ladder trucks and cut holes in the roof in order to put out the fire.

A heavy stream of water could be seen flowing down a staircase and out the front door.

Speaking on WXOW's Live at Five, the home's owner, Rick Hamilton, said that one of the tenants was cooking when the fire started. Hamilton expressed surprise that the fire kept flaring up and spreading, even though the fire department is only a few blocks away. 

He said the first thing he did when he arrived was a head count to make sure everyone who lived there was all right.

The Red Cross is assisting the people that lived in the building.

An insurance agent showed up around 6:00 to begin assessing the damage caused by the fire.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Streets around the 900 block of 5th Avenue South in La Crosse are blocked off as firefighters battle a house fire.

A WXOW crew at the scene says that smoke is billowing out of a home at 920 5th Avenue South.  Firefighters are pouring large amounts of water through the roof and into the home in an effort to control the fire.

The fire apparently started around 215pm.  When firefighters arrived there were visible flames coming from the home.  Everyone that was in the home when the fire started got out before firefighters arrived.

We will continue to update this story as more details are released.

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