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Two dogs found dead after Onalaska fire

Kaitlyn Riley

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The Onalaska Fire Department responded to a report of smoke from a neighbor’s home just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Four units from Onalaska responded to 413 5th Ave. North, according to the Onalaska Fire Department. While on the scene, the fire department saw smoke coming from eaves and windows charred and cracking. The firefighters forced open the front door and were able to put out the fire by 12:45 p.m.

Two dogs were found dead at the scene, but no other injuries were reported. The homeowner was not present at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Onalaska requested assistance from La Crosse and Holmen. Holmen firefighters helped pull ceilings to check for fire extension. The La Crosse Fire Department was on scene on standby.

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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