ONALASKA, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- A fire completely destroyed a home in Onalaska Friday morning.
Firefighters were called to the 900 block of 6th Avenue and arrived to find heavy flames coming from the garage. Firefighters are still working to determine the cause of the blaze.
"I was just sitting in our house which is right across the street and I saw smoke coming down the street and I looked out the window," said Judy Sprain, a neighbor who called 911. "And I looked at Jennifer's house and I saw the fire coming out from underneath her garage door."
Just before 11:30 Friday morning, Sprain noticed flames coming from a home across the street.
"There was so much smoke, you couldn't see across the street at all and it was coming in to our house," Sprain said. "I ran over there with my cell phone and called 911, and went to the back of the house. I couldn't see in the driveway to see if her daughter was home because the smoke was so thick."
Thankfully no one was home at the time of the fire, but the house is a total loss, with firefighters only able to save a few items for the family.
"We've already salvaged a few key items that they were concerned about," said Chief Don Dominick of the Onalaska Fire Department. "A set of keys for her grandmother's house that she thought she'd never see again."
While no one was injured in the blaze it was a close call for a few firefighters.
"We had the ceiling come down and take three firefighters out, fortunately they were not injured," Dominick said. "And the electrical box had sparks to the point that firefighters couldn't attack from that corner. When the ceiling came down the firefighters went in to what's called defensive mode. So we pull our people out of the interior and we attack it from the outside."
Sprain says she's offered to help the family in anyway she can.
"I'm devastated for them," Sprain said. "They're so nice people. I love them to death and I'm heartbroken for them."
The Red Cross is also assisting the family.
ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Except for a few important items, a family loses everything when fire destroys an Onalaska home Friday morning.
Firefighters were called to the 900 block of 6th Avenue North around 11:20 a.m. after two neighbors called 911 with reports of smoke coming from the home.
According to neighbors, a family of three lived in the home, although no one was there when the fire broke out.
While fire officials tell WXOW that the fire is believed to have started in the garage area, it quickly spread to engulf the rest of the ranch style home. What caused the fire is still not known.
Firefighters' work was made harder when they were forced to work around the perimeter of the home when the fire caused a large portion of the roof to collapse.
No one was hurt.
Assistance for the family is underway.
ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Onalaska firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in the 900 block of 6th Avenue North. Based on information from the fire department and our news crew at the scene, the home is a total loss. No injuries are being reported.
A home next door also appears to have been damaged by the fire.
The scene is located adjacent to Northern Hills Elementary School. Streets around the scene are blocked off to public access.
We will have more on this developing story as it becomes available.
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