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Fire destroys Town of Shelby home, residents, dog escape

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TOWN OF SHELBY, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Two residents and a dog escaped a house fire in the Town of Shelby late Saturday night, according to the Shelby Fire Department.

A second dog did not survive, said Shelby Fire Chief Mike Kemp.

Firefighters arrived at the home on Leske Road around 11:05 p.m. It took until 8 a.m. Sunday to completely put out the blaze, Kemp said.

In the house's basement is a wood-burning furnace. Kemp suspects something around the furnace sparked on fire. He said the direct cause of the blaze is unknown.

Smoke alarms saved the residents, Kemp added. They had exited the house on their own before firefighters arrived, and went next door to stay with a relative.

Firefighters evacuated the relative's home 1 a.m. for safety purposes, according to Kemp.

The Onalaska, Stoddard, Coon Valley and Campbell Fire Departments helped put out the fire, Kemp said.

The investigation into what caused the fire is temporary halted. Kemp said the area where the fire occurred could potentially collapse.

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