NEW INFORMATION: Historic home damaged by early morning fire - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

NEW INFORMATION: Historic home damaged by early morning fire


Eau Claire (WQOW) - An historic Eau Claire home built more than 100 years ago was damaged early Monday morning when a fire broke out. Fortunately, everyone inside made it out safely.

Emergency crews took the call around 5:00 Monday morning and were on scene for more than five hours. The home was a duplex that is listed on the Historical Landmark Commission as being built back in 1895. Nearly 20 firefighters were called in to help fight the flames. Their work was made more difficult due to the layout inside the home.

"I believe what's happened in the past with this building is the roof line has been redesigned due to remodeling and so forth. And there's a roof under a roof, and then possibly a third roof under there too. It was very hard to get water to where we needed to. So we had to cut multiple holes and do extensive overhaul on the exterior of the building to get water where we needed it to get the fire out," said Scott Walby, Eau Claire Fire Department Battalion Chief.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the fire department says it started in the front porch area. They say there was about $35,000 worth of damage.


(WQOW)-Firefighters were on the scene of a house fire in Eau Claire this morning.

It happened on Union Street around 5 a.m. Our reporter on the scene said five people lived in the duplex. No one was hurt. There's no word on a cause yet.

When we get more information, we will pass it along.

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