LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)- An apartment fire in La Crosse left the building filled with smoke and tenants out in the cold.
The fire happened on Avon Street. The La Crosse Fire Department arrived to the scene around 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
Department members on the scene said the fire started on the main level but smoke was visible throughout the building.
After firefighters evacuated tenants and rescued some from a second story window, crews quickly put out the fire within five minutes.
Division Fire Chief Jeff Murphy said firefighters were just as worried about the fire as they were the cold.
"Our other concern was with the cold and we had a transit bus from La Crosse MTU arrive to warm people" said Murphy. Tenants remained on the bus until it was safe to re-enter the building.
Fire investigators said the fire was caused by an unattended pot on a stove top in the kitchen.
The fire department said unattended kitchen fires remain to be the leading causes of house fires. They recommend staying in the kitchen while cooking.
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