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Update: Residents safe after La Crosse house fire

Kaitlyn Riley

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Two people and four dogs are safe after a house fire early Friday morning in La Crosse.

The La Crosse Fire Department was called to the home at 1412 5th Ave. South at 4:07 a.m. Fire crews found heavy fire and smoke coming from a small residential home and helped the residents evacuate without injury.

The fire was contained quickly, but the home had heavy fire and smoke damage, according to the La Crosse Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Other departments on scene were Tri-State Ambulance, La Crosse Police Department, Excel Energy and Red Cross.


The La Crosse Fire Department is currently on the scene of an incident on Adams St. between 5th Ave. South and 6th Street South.

Multiple fire trucks were on site. Fire crews were too busy to answer questions, but WIZM News will provide updates as they become available.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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