Fire causes extensive damage to Appleton home

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - The Appleton Fire Department worked to contain a fire in a two-story duplex in the 1500 block of W. Washington Street on Monday night.

Appleton firefighters at house fire
House fire on the 1500-block of West Washington Street in Appleton the night of Nov. 13, 2017 (WBAY photo)

Fire officials tell Action 2 News two people were displaced from the upper/lower duplex. After an extensive search, it was determined no one was home at the time of the fire.

"There was a report of people inside the building yet. Crews did an enter search, in addition to our truck company doing a search of the entire residence, primary and secondary search while the fire was under attack," Battalion Chief Jeff Feleuer, Appleton Fire Department, said.

Firefighters rescued an animal from the home.

Reporter Nolan Blair said there was half a dozen fire trucks on the scene along with ambulances. Firefighters were using a ladder truck.

When crews arrived, firefighters could see smoke coming from the second floor and a "glow" was visible through a window on the first floor. They found the fire in the bedroom on the first floor.

Appleton Fire Department said due to the balloon flame construction of the home, it was hard to put out the fire.

"We did get the fire majority of the fire knocked down, but we did have some fire in the wall that we were battling for about the last hour," Feleuer said.

The home has extensive damage.

The investigation into what caused the fire is still underway.

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