KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WFRV) — The Kaukauna Police Department is applauding the heroic actions of neighbors following a Thursday afternoon structure fire.
Police say officers were dispatched to a structure fire in the 1300 block of Sullivan Avenue around 1 p.m.
Smoke and flames were reportedly visible.
Officials say a neighbor across from the residence called 911 to report the fire.
A neighbor on the side of the house noticed smoke from the attached garage of the residence. The Kaukauna Fire Department says he went into his own home for a fire extinguisher. Meanwhile, his wife notified and helped evacuate the homeowners and their four children.
The neighbor then continued to put out the fire with a 5-gallon bucket and water from a 55-gallon rain barrel.
“If it were not for these actions more property damage or even loss of life could have occurred. Damage appears to be minor at this time,” says Sgt. Krueger of the police department in a Facebook post.
The cause of this fire remains under investigation.