UPDATE: Family escapes overnight fire in La Crosse

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A family of six was able to escape out of a window and another family was evacuated by firefighters in an early morning fire in La Crosse at a duplex.

Firefighters responded to the house fire at about 2:30 a.m. 721 West Ave. South in La Crosse to find heavy fire coming out of a window on one side of a duplex.

No major injuries were reported, but there is extensive fire and smoke damage to the back side of the duplex. The residents were treated by Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance. A cat was rescued and returned to its family.

A total of seven fire trucks with 21 firefighters arrived within minutes to the fire. One unit had heavy fire damage and the other had minor smoke damage.

An investigation is on-going as to what started the fire.

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