TOWN OF SHELBY, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATE - A family loses their home in a fire Thursday afternoon in the Town of Shelby.
Firefighters were called to the 2800 block of Hanifl Road around 4:30 p.m. When they arrived, the house was fully engulfed.
Shelby Assistant Chief Tony Holinka told WXOW that the home was a total loss. He said the roof eventually caved in during the fire. The walls of the home were also starting to collapse Holinka said.
The two people who lived in the home were able to make it out safely, although they are searching for the family dog who hasn't been seen since the fire broke out. They declined assistance from the Red Cross and told the department they'd stay with local family members.
The size and location of the fire required Shelby to request a MABAS, or mutual aid call. Holinka said they were using a truck from Onalaska that used thousands of gallons of water. The fire hydrant they were using simply couldn't keep up with the amount needed to fight the fire. The department asked several other departments, including Stoddard, Cashton, and the Town of Campbell for tanker trucks to bring water to the scene.
Holinka said they haven't determined what caused the fire.
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Firefighters remain on the scene of a structure fire on Hanifl Road on the southside of La Crosse.
They were called to the far end of Hanifl Road around 4:30 p.m.
A large column of black smoke was visible from the area of the fire as daylight faded.
Due to the location of the fire and there being only one way in and out for access, police blocked off the roadway except for emergency responders and vehicles.
Members of several departments including Town of Shelby are on the scene. Emergency dispatchers engaged the county's MABAS, or mutual aid system to bring additional help to the scene. That help included tanker trucks from departments including Onalaska, Stoddard, and the Town of Campbell.
The location of the fire is making it difficult to get water to the fire according to our crew on the scene.
The Red Cross was on the scene to assist firefighters.
We will have more details as they become available on our broadcasts and on wxow.com
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