The fire department said a passerby reported smoke coming from the home around 9 a.m.. Firefighters from Onalaska and La Crosse were able to put the fire out within a half an hour. Assistance from the Town of Campbell was also requested. Lieutenant Wayne Nagy with the Onalaska Fire Department said, "We don't always have as many of our part time people around...we didn't know if people were in there [the house] or not so that changes our philosophy on how we fight the fire...we go into a search rescue mode."
The fire department said the home has significant fire and smoke damage.
The home owner was not home at the time of the fire, but two pet dogs were inside the house and had to be rescued. Firefighters gave CPR to the dogs and a veterinarian in the area attended to the dogs, said Lt. Nagy. We do not know the condition of the pets at this time.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
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