Three dogs die in La Crosse house fire

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Three dogs are lost in a house fire on Tyler Street in La Crosse Thursday night, according to the La Crosse Fire Department.

Battalion Chief Bee Xiong says nobody was home at the time the fire started at about 6:30 p.m. It began on the first floor, and there was some smoke extension on the second floor.

There were nine apparatus and 21 firefighters on the scene, with the first crews arriving at 6:47 p.m. — three minutes after the fire was reported. The fire was put out by 6:56 p.m.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire. Fire crews attempted to resuscitate the dogs, but were unsuccessful. All occupants of the attached duplex made it outside.

Two families were displaced by the fire. The cause is under investigation by the La Crosse Fire Department.
Assistance was provided by La Crosse Police Department, Tri-State Ambulance, Holmen Area Fire Department, Xcel Energy, the Coulee Region Humane Society and the Red Cross.