Crews battle Appleton house fire Monday morning after power restored to area

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APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) — Officials in Outagamie County say they responded to a structure fire early Monday morning.

Authorities say it started just before 4 a.m. A neighbor noticed smoke and fire coming from the front of the house.

Fire crews say they observed fire coming from the basement windows. Crews reportedly began fighting the fire from the exterior of the building until they were able to enter the residence.

Within twenty minutes, crews had contained the fire within the basement.

The rest of the structure received significant smoke damage according to officials. The occupants were not home at the time of the fire.

The Appleton Fire Department says the residence is in an area of the city which had been without power since Saturday. Officials say the power was restored just before the fire was reported.

Investigators are reportedly still on scene to determine the cause of the fire.

Fire crews also responded to two separate stovetop fires overnight in the city. They say these fires were a direct result of items being stored on the stovetop.

These fires likely started due to burners being left on or accidentally bumped. Once power was restored, the burners heated and ignited the items on the stovetop.

The Appleton Fire Department says it is important to practice good “housekeeping” and proper safety in the kitchen – don’t leave or store materials in the oven or on the stovetop and always make sure to turn cooking appliances completely off after use.

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