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House fire temporarily displaces Onalaska family

ONALASKA, WI (WKBT) - One Onalaska family is staying with friends after a fire displaced them from their home early Saturday morning.

Onalaska firefighters got the call of a house fire on the 100 block of Larkspur Lane around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Chief Don Dominick. The family of five was out of the house at the time. Captain Rick Molzahn of the Onalaska Fire Department lives across the street from the home, and was the first to arrive.

"I came out of my garage and could see some fire on the backside of the house and inside the house," Molzahn said. "I ran around the backside to investigate, and we had some flames coming around the corner near the gas meter."

Shelby and Campbell Fire Departments helped fight the blaze. Firefighters left the scene around 8 a.m. One firefighter sustained minor injuries, but wasn't transported to a hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Molzahn estimated the house would be a total loss, though the extent of the damage isn't known yet.


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