Multiple crews respond to large house fire in Portage, people asked to avoid the area

PORTAGE, Wis. — Crews from multiple fire departments responded Wednesday to a large house fire in Portage.

According to a news release from Portage police, the house is located at 701 West Wisconsin Street, which is also Highway 16 in Columbia County.

Officials responded to the fire around 9:40 a.m. and initially found the front porch of the three-story home in flames.

Authorities said the fire quickly spread to the rest of the home.

The release said officers evacuated all of the residents from the home, as well as residents from neighboring homes.

Officials were able to contain the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.