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Duplex fire cause determined

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - An update now on a fire at a duplex Tuesday afternoon in La Crosse. 

It happened 216 24th Street South.

La Crosse Fire Department investigators say they spoke with the person witnesses say ran from the duplex as it was burning.

They say no charges have been filed against that person.

The cause of the fire was determined as coming from cooking materials left on a stove.

Firefighters contained the damage to the kitchen area.

No one was injured.  

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Firefighters investigated a duplex fire Tuesday afternoon in La Crosse.  Witnesses report someone running away from the scene shortly after it started.  The call came in around 4:00 PM to a house fire at 216 24th street. 

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the front of the home.  The damage was contained to the kitchen area and no one was injured.  But firefighters say when they arrived, a witness told them they had seen someone running away from the duplex. 

"That is what we found, smoke coming from the front of the home.  It came around the back of the home.  Neighbors indicated that someone had just fled the home and ran down the alley," says La Crosse Fire Department Division Chief, Tom Wallerich. 

Police investigators were on the scene and no word yet on a cause.

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