Dogs and exotic animals rescued from Fond du Lac duplex fire

Courtesy: Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE:

Several dogs and exotic animals were rescued from a house fire in Fond du Lac Wednesday.

At about 11:35 a.m., Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue crews were called to a duplex at 111 8th St. There was a fire in the first floor of the two-story residence.

Firefighters put out the fire and contained it to the first floor.

Fire crews rescued adult dogs and puppies from the home. A hedgehog, lizard and exotic birds also survived.

Two sugar gliders perished in the fire.

The Fond du Lac County Humane Society helped the tenants with care of the animals.

The first floor residents were not home. The second floor residents escaped without harm. There were no reports of injuries to humans.

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue says there were no working smoke alarms on the first floor or basement level.

The duplex was deemed uninhabitable. Twelve people were displaced.

“The quick actions of the upstairs occupant to exit the building with his daughter and call 911 helped fire crews to keep the fire contained to the first floor”, said Fire Chief Peter O’Leary. “This outcome could have been must different if this fire occurred during the overnight hours. Working smoke alarms give us an early warning of smoke conditions and should never be removed for any reason.”

The American Red Cross is assisting the tenants.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Several dogs have been rescued from a house fire in Fond du Lac.

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue crews are fighting a blaze at a two-story home at 111 8th St.

In a Facebook post, the fire departments says the fire is located on the first floor of the home. Video shows thick smoke pouring out a side of the home.

Several dogs were rescued. "Humane society called," reads the Facebook post.