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One apartment a total loss in Tomah triplex fire

Kaitlyn Riley

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Photo Credit: Tomah Fire Department

The Tomah Fire and Police Department responded to a triplex structure fire at 1:00 Friday morning.

Upon arriving at the scene, flames were coming through the front door of the downstairs apartment at 417 Kilbourn Ave. That occupant was able to escape without any injuries.

Tomah Police arrived first and forced entry to the other two apartments so they could get the other residents out safely, according to a news release.

Fire crews were on scene for two-and-a-half hours. they made an interior attack and knocked down the fire. They also performed overhaul to make sure no fire extended into the rest of the building.

The apartment where the fire happened is a total loss, according to the Tomah Fire Department. Fire officials said it started in the kitchen because the occupant fell asleep while cooking.

The Tomah Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Tomah Police Department, Tomah Area Ambulance Service, Monroe County 911 Communication Center, WE Energies, and Alliant Energies.

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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