None injured, residents displaced after fire at Portage duplex

Portage Fire

PORTAGE, Wis. — Residents of a Portage duplex had to evacuate Friday because of a fire.

Portage Fire Department crews were sent to the 300 block of East Cook Street after smoke was seen coming from the home. Officials said heavy smoke and flames were coming from the west side of the building when firefighters arrived.

The fire damaged the rear first-floor unit and moved up a stairway into the attic area. Holes had to be cut in the roof of the house in order to extinguish the flames in the attic. Crews from seven other fire departments were called to the scene to help during the incident.

Nobody was injured, but the building is in unstable condition and the public is asked to stay away. The displaced residents are being assisted by the Red Cross. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.