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UPDATE: Two sugar gliders die in Fond du Lac house fire, multiple other pets survive

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WEDNESDAY 1/22/20 2:14 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – Two exotic sugar gliders did not survive a Fond du Lac house fire that started just before noon on Wednesday.

The Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue says crews were dispatched to a house fire in the 100 block of 8th Street.

Upon arrival, crews say they located a fire in the first floor of a two-story duplex. The occupant of the upper unit was able to exit without injury. The occupants living on the first floor and basement were not home at the time of the fire.

Crews reportedly extinguished the fire, keeping it contained to a bedroom on the first floor.

Several adult dogs and puppies were rescued. The Fond du Lac County Humane Society reportedly assisted in caring for the pets.

A hedgehog, lizard, and exotic birds all survived, according to Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue.

There were no injuries reported in this incident. Fire crews say there were also no working smoke alarms on the first floor or basement level.

The Fond du Lac Chief Building Inspector was called to the scene and determined the home is uninhabitable. An estimated 12 people are being assisted by the Red Cross following this fire.

“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 cause of the fire remains under investigation. Crews are expected to return to the scene tomorrow to canvass the neighborhood to provide fire safety messages to area residents.

Fond du Lac fire crews rescue ‘several dogs’ from house fire

WEDNESDAY 1/22/20 12:53 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – Several dogs have reportedly been rescued from a Fond du Lac house fire Wednesday afternoon.

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue reports crews are battling the fire in the 100 block of 8th Street.

The fire is reportedly on the first floor of a 2-story wood frame house.

The Humane Society has been called to assist with the dogs. Alliant Energy has also reportedly been called to secure electrical services.

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