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Fire damages La Crosse apartment building

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One apartment has moderate fire and smoke damage and surrounding units suffered water damage after a fire along Avon St. in La Crosse Monday morning.

Fire crews were called to 1208 Avon St. at 6:55 a.m. The La Crosse Fire Department said they were on the scene in less than four minutes and met with thick black smoke coming from a second-story apartment in a multiple-family building.

Firefighters searched for possible victims and extinguished the flames within five minutes. Everyone exited safely and nobody was hurt.

The La Crosse Fire Department Fire Investigation Division is examining the situation.

Assisting on scene was Tri-State Ambulance, Xcel Energy, City of La Crosse Police
Department, La Crosse County Emergency Dispatch Center, and the Red Cross for the
housing needs of the displaced tenants.

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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