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La Crosse house fire displaces one family

Kaitlyn Riley

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The La Crosse fire Department responded to a house fire around 3:20 Sunday afternoon.

Fire units found smoke coming from the roof area of a single family residence at 1026 6th St. South. The fire was found in the attic area of the one-story home.

The two residents evacuated themselves and their four pets before the fire department arrived, and the fire was under control by 3:44.

La Crosse Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by overheated electrical wiring.

The American Red Cross is helping the family with temporary housing and other immediate needs.

The La Crosse Fire Department, La Crosse Police Department, Tri State Ambulance, Xcel Energy, and La Crosse County Emergency Dispatch responded.

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 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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