UPDATE: Sparta couple safe after house fire


TOWN OF LEON, Wis. (WKBT) – An elderly couple and their cat are safe after a fire broke out in their home near Sparta.

Shortly before 1 PM, the Sparta Area Fire District was dispatched to a house fire at 6961 Kate Avenue in the Town of Leon.

The fire started on the back-side of the home and went up into the attic.

Authorities say an extension cord that runs to a heater under the deck caused the fire.

The heater was being used to warm a well-pump.

The home has extensive damage and is uninhabitable, but firefighters were able to save some of the couple’s belongings.

The driveway wasn’t plowed, which made hard for the fire engines to get to the home.

A good Samaritan with a snowplow stopped to help.

The fire chief said although they faced some difficulties, they were able to put the fire out quickly.

“It’s a little treacherous, the conditions get a little slippery out here with water being used, it gets a little icy so you do have to be careful with your footing,” said Chief Mike Arnold, Sparta Area Fire District.

Firefighters were on the scene for over three hours.

They were assisted by Monroe County 911 Center, Sparta Ambulance Service, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Vernon Electric, and the Town of Leon.

The American Red Cross has been contacted to assist the homeowners.

There were no injuries.



TOWN OF LEON, Wis. (WKBT) – An elderly couple is safe after a house fire destroyed their home.

The Sparta Fire Department was dispatched to a home on Kate Avenue in Sparta shortly before 1 PM on Sunday.

Authorities say the couple and their pet were able to make it out of the house safely.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

We will continue to update this story as we receive more information.