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Fire leaves no injuries but extensive damage to Sparta area home



Photo Credit: Sparta Fire Department

The Sparta Area Fire District responded to a house fire around 4:20 Tuesday night.

The homeowner left 4097 State Hwy. 17 around 1:30 p.m. and said everything seemed normal in the house, according to the Sparta fire Department. The daughter came home from school around 4:10 p.m. and noticed the house was full of smoke. She called her dad who then called 911 to report the fire.

The daughter safely got the family’s two dogs out of the home.

When fire crews arrived, they saw heavy smoke and believed the fire started in the basement and burned up through the first story floor. They were on the scene for four hours.

The home had heavy damages, but nobody was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire department was assisted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Sparta Ambulance Service, Cataract 1st Responders, Jackson Electric Cooperative, and Monroe County 911 Center.

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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