Rural Holmen home a total loss following fire

One family is left without a home after a large fire north of Holmen Monday night.

The call came in just after 7 p.m. for a house on fire on Moe Coulee Road off of County Highway V.

Departments from Holmen, Onalaska and the Town of Farmington responded.

Holmen Area fire officials say by the time they got to the scene, the home was engulfed in flames and was already a total loss, so they decided not to send firefighters inside the building.

“For our safety, it’s a surround and drown,” said Assistant Chief Bill Bulawa. “I’m not going to put guys inside that building the way it was, no way. And shortly after, we had a roof collapse.”

Bulawa says the roof of the home was tin, and an oil-burning furnace in the basement was likely a factor in the fire. The fire department will return to the scene of the fire on Tuesday morning to try to determine an official cause.

The Red Cross is helping the family that was displaced by the fire. Nobody was injured.