The La Crosse Fire Department is investigating a late Thursday night fire.

It started just before 11:30 p.m. on the 100 block of 16th Street North in La Crosse.

Flames could be seen coming out of a window on the second floor of the home when firefighters arrived.  They were quickly able to put the fire out, and stayed on scene with thermal cameras to make sure the fire didn't start again.

LCFD Division Chief Tom Wallerich tells us the family was inside the home at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely.

Thursday night's fire happened just as firefighters from other departments were still on the scene of a house fire in the Town of Shelby, which started at about 4:30 Thursday afternoon.

We asked Division Chief Wallerich about why it seems house fires are more common at this time of year.

"Maybe it has to do with people being out of their normal routine, maybe there are extra people in the home.  I can't comment on this one [16th St. N. fire], we don't know the cause.  But it seems there's always an increase in fires over the holiday season," he said.

The cause of both house fires in the La Crosse area on Thursday are under investigation.