Two displaced after Appleton duplex fire

APPLETON, Wis. - Two people were displaced Monday after a fire at an Appleton duplex.

Fire crews were called to the 1500 block of W. Washington Street around 7:30 p.m. on November 13. Crews could see smoke coming from the second floor and a "glow" through a first floor window.

Firefighters found the fire was in a bedroom on the first floor. Because of the balloon frame construction of the home, the fire was difficult to put out, crews said.

At first, crews thought the person living in the first floor apartment was home and conducted an extensive search and rescue operation. However, they later determined the person was not home and a passerby had called 911, according to a press release.

The fire caused extensive damage, crews said. They are still investigating the cause.

Crews from the Appleton Fire Department and Grand Chute Fire Department helped put out the flames. Appleton Police, Gold Cross Ambulance, Outagamie County CERT and WE Energies also responded to the fire.

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