Fire displaces residents of La Crosse apartment building

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – 17 people are finding shelter elsewhere for the next few days after a fire in an apartment building forces them to evacuate.

It happened at 1312 4th Street South. No one was injured however a dog did die as a result of the fire.

La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam said they were called at 4:20 p.m. for the fire, which was visually showing when they arrived. Members of the La Crosse Police Department were already evacuating residents.

Quick work by fire crews contained the fire to the first floor apartment and part of the one above it.

All the other apartments weren’t damaged according to Chief Gilliam.

The fire forced power off to the building which is why residents have to find shelter at other locations. Chief Gilliam said the Red Cross was on scene coordinating shelter with those displaced.

The city brought in an MTU bus for residents to stay warm in while crews fought the fire and subsequent cleanup.

4th Street was blocked for several hours while the fire department was on the scene. Traffic was rerouted around the fire location.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard

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