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House Fire On East Bank Street

(9:00 a.m.)-Fire destroyed a home in
the 200 block of East Bank Street
in Fond du Lac
early this morning. Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says the
resident of the home had to jump out a window to escape the blaze. The man then
went to a neighbor’s house and called 911. O’Leary says although the home is a
complete loss it’s a successful firefighting effort because no one was hurt.
Because of the bitter cold temperatures and all the water used to put out the
fire what remains of the home will have to be boarded up and heated so they can
investigate the cause of the fire. Chief O’Leary says after talking to the
resident of the home they believe the fire started in the front living room. He
says they learned the man was a smoker and had candles. The cause could have
been due to a cigarette that wasn’t properly discarded. The man was sleeping in
a room next to where the fire began. 

(7:15 a.m.)-Fond du Lac firefighters have put out a house fire in the 200 block of East Bank Street. They are now preparing to investigate the cause of the fire. Division Chief of Fire Prevention Troy Haase says no one was injured during the blaze. The man living in the home was awakened by a smoke detector going off. He says a few residents living in neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution, but have been allowed to return to their homes. Haase says they got help from eight other departments during the fire, some of them helping manning a fire station for other calls. The fire call came in just before 2 a.m. Portions of North Park and East Bank were closed to traffic during the fire.

(5:10 a.m.)-Efforts continue on this bitterly cold morning to put out a house fire in the 200 block of East Bank Street in Fond du Lac. Division Chief of Fire Prevention Troy Haase says part of the home collapsed in so they are fighting the fire from the outside in. He says the roof and front porch both collapsed due to the fire. Altogether 8 other departments have been helping either at the scene or manning a fire station in the City for other calls. The Red Cross was called in to help the man who was living in the home and to provide food and drink to weary firefighters at the scene. The time of the fire call was 1:53 a.m.

(3:48 a.m)-Fond du Lac firefighters were called to the scene of house fire in the 200 block of East Bank Street this morning. Division Chief of Fire Prevention Troy Haase says the occupant of the home was able to get safely out. He says when they arrived the residence was already pretty well ablaze. He says the fire got up into the attic and they had to fight the fire from the outside in.No injuries were reported. The Fond du Lac Fire Department is getting mutual aid from multiple fire departments. The time of the fire call was 1:53 a.m. Haase says damage to the home is extensive. He says the cause of the fire is unknown, but they hope to make that determination when they have a chance to investigate. Fond du Lac Fire Department photos.