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Holmen community helping out after apartment building fire

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A large column of smoke comes from a fire at a group of town homes on McHugh Rd. in Holmen. Sue Brown Engstad photo A large column of smoke comes from a fire at a group of town homes on McHugh Rd. in Holmen. Sue Brown Engstad photo
Holmen firefighters at 615 McHugh Friday evening after part of the building re-ignited. Holmen firefighters at 615 McHugh Friday evening after part of the building re-ignited.
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The Holmen Police Department says that they've received a number of donations for those affected by the fire. 

From their Facebook Page:

***Update***
We have had donations of clothes, diapers and other items dropped off at the police department. If you are a victim of the fire or know someone who was effected please come to or contact the police department at 608-526-4212 to get needed items.

*** McHugh Road Apartment Fire ***

If you live at 611 or 613 McHugh Road it is safe to return to your apartments. If you live at 615 McHugh Road and would like to retrieve items from your garage please make contact with the Officer on scene before doing so. We will have an officer on scene all night and at least part of tomorrow. McHugh Road is now open to traffic. Please use caution as the road may be slippery in parts from the water used to fight the fire.

Thanks you to the Holmen Area Fire Dept, Onalaska Fire Department, Galesville Area Volunteer Fire DepartmentLa Crosse County Sheriff's OfficeThe Salvation Army of La Crosse CountyAmerican Red Cross, La Crosse County Animal Rescue, La Crosse County Emergency Management, SubwayPizza CorralFeatures Holmen, and anyone else we are forgetting for helping out with this situation.


UPDATE: Holmen firefighters were called back to the building at 615 McHugh Road shortly before 7 p.m. for a rekindling of the fire in one area. Firefighters were able to quickly put of the fire, but remained on the scene for a time in case there were other flareups.


A number of people are without a home after a fire spread through a group of apartments in Holmen. 

According to Holmen Fire Chief Paul Menches, they were called to 615 McHugh Road around 10:41 a.m. for a car fire in one of the buildings. The fire then spread to other parts of the building. 12 units make up the building. It is believed that many of them have been compromised due to the fire. 

Everyone in the building, as well as all pets, were safely evacuated from the building. No injuries were reported.

Those evacuated were moved twice, said Holmen Police Chief Shane Collins. Originally, they went to other apartments to get out of the elements, but smoke from the fire forced them to relocate a second time. 

Large flames were readily visible as well as a large column of smoke that rose over the area as firefighters fought the flames and weather. 

Chief Menches said it took crews more than four hours to finally extinguish the fire. Crews remained on the scene until early evening. 

Holmen Fire also received assistance from the Galesville and Onalaska Fire Departments in fighting the fire. 

The cause of the car fire is still under investigation. 

McHugh Road was closed while firefighters were on the scene.

The community is already stepping in to help. Features Restaurant is accepting donations at their Holmen location if people want to contribute.

The restaurant is also offering free meals to any of the families affected by the fire. They are also accepting monetary donations for the displaced residents. 

Children's Tree House is looking for Size 4 diapers along with clothes for a 24-month to toddler, boy's clothes, and women's medium clothes for one family. 

Nearby Prairie Inn and Suites is offering rooms to those affected at just $25 with proof of residence.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross are also assisting the families. 

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