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Four dead after house fire breaks out in Monroe County

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A Thursday night house fire near Melrose has killed four people. 

Sparta Area Fire District Chief Mike Arnold says crews responded shortly after 9 p.m. to a report of a house fire with people trapped upstairs on Backtrail Road in the Town of Little Falls.  

By the time firefighters and Monroe County sheriff’s deputies arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Arnold said another person inside was in a different part of the house, tried to alert others to the fire before going to a neighbor to call 911.  

The second floor collapsed during the fire, which Arnold said hampered the search for victims.  

Fire crews were called in from Black River Falls and Sparta to help put out the blaze. The state fire marshal’s office is working on finding the cause of the fire.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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