Investigators: Discarded smoking materials cause of La Crosse apartment fire

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Fire crews had to deal with the extreme heat while fighting a fire on La Crosse's south side Tuesday afternoon.

The call for the fire at an apartment building on the corner of 8th and Division Streets came just a little after 4 p.m., with firefighters responding within 51 seconds.

According to the La Crosse Fire Department, one person living in the building was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns. Tri-State Ambulance tells News 8 the injuries are not life-threatening.

Division Chief Tom Wallerich says once the fire was put out, attention turned to making sure all of the firefighters were okay after working in the hot, muggy weather.

"You have these kind of conditions, obviously the core temperature of when guys are wearing their turnout gear, it goes up really high really quickly," said Wallerich. "Once we got the fire knocked down, I made sure everybody got their turnout gear off and some water in them."

Investigators got to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. and determined the fire was caused by discarded smoking materials.

A total of six tenants in the apartment building are being displaced as a result of the fire and are being helped by the Red Cross.

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