SATURDAY 4/23/2022 8:30 a.m.

NEW LONDON, Wis. (WFRV) – A New London duplex fire on Friday afternoon resulted in two families being removed from their homes and one firefighter suffering minor injuries.

According to the New London Fire Department, just after 4 p.m., crews responded to a duplex located in the 1100 block of Robin Street for a report that a car parked inside of one of the garages attached to the duplex was on fire.

Upon arrival, crews conducted a primary search to assure that all residents on both sides of the duplex were safely out of the building. No residents were reported injured during the incident.

Officials said they then conducted a secondary search to rescue any pets left inside of the building. Pets rescued included a rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, and two cats.

At the same time, crews reportedly began knocking down the fire now blazing in the two garage stalls and seeping into the attic, located directly above the garages.

Part of this effort reportedly involved ventilation crews making a hole in the roof as a way to vent the burning attic.

The fire was eventually extinguished. The department confirmed that fire damage was confined to the two garage stalls, one vehicle, and the attic.

A firefighter working the scene is said to have suffered minor injuries during the incident and was taken to a local hospital for observation

As a result of the fire, ‘significant’ smoke and water damage was left to both sides of the duplex resulting in a family of five and a family of two being displaced. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.

Original Story: New London duplex fire, residents safely evacuate

FRIDAY 4/22/2022 4:46 p.m.

NEW LONDON, Wis. (WFRV) – Multiple local fire agencies responded to a duplex fire in New London on Friday afternoon.

A fire broke out in a New London duplex located in the 1100 block of Robin Street.

Neighbors of the home told Local 5 that before the fire was extinguished, they could see flames coming from the roof as well as heavy smoke coming from the duplex.

New London Fire Department said everyone in the home was able to safely evacuate.

Authorities have determined that the fire started in the garage of the home but the cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

Local 5 will continue to update this story as it progresses.