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Six occupants escape early morning fire in Appleton

Posted at 11:02 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 18:48:59-04

Six occupants of a side-by-side duplex escaped an early morning fire in the 2400 block of North Locust Street in Appleton.

At about 5:59 a.m. Tuesday, the Appleton Fire Department was dispatched to 2415 N. Locust Street for a report of a structure fire.

Responding fire units were informed that smoke and flames were visible from the front of a duplex. Crews were also informed that all occupants of the duplex had safely evacuated.

Upon arrival, fire crews reported that smoke and fire had vented from a window on the front of the home. Fire crews made entry through a front door and quickly extinguished the fire.

Only one side of the duplex was occupied; the other side was vacant. According to an occupant, she was awake in her bedroom when she smelled smoke. She stated she exited her bedroom and noted that the home was filling with smoke. She reportedly alerted the other occupants that the home was on fire and all six occupants, including young children escaped the home through a side door. The children, ages 22 and 11 months were carried from the home by the other occupants.

The occupants were examined by Gold Cross Ambulance personnel and released. No one was transported.

All six residents of the home have been displaced because of the fire. The home did not have working smoke alarms. There is no damage estimate at this time, and the fire is still under investigation.