Eau Claire Fire Dept. releases house fire damage, continues to investigate cause

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis, (WEAU) — The Eau Claire Fire Department says a fire that broke out at a home Friday morning caused $70,000 in estimated damages.

Crews responded to the structure fire at 7:35 a.m. at 542 Centre Street in Eau Claire.

When they arrived, they found heavy smoke on the second floor.

Fire Crews made an interior attack on the fire, but later switched to an exterior attack due to deteriorating conditions.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.

The cause is still under investigation.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) Investigators remained at the scene of a house fire in Eau Claire late Friday afternoon.

Eau Claire Fire and Rescue says its crews were at the house on Centre Street at 4:15 p.m. The fire happened around 7:30 a.m. Friday. Firefighters found flames shooting out of the roof of the two-story house when they got there. They spent more than two hours putting out the fire.

A city bus was used at the scene to keep firefighters warm. Skywarn 13 Meteorologist Matt Hoffman says the temperature in Eau Claire ranged from 9 below zero to 2 below zero while crews were at the scene. Nobody was hurt. There's no word on the cause of the fire.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a house fire in Eau Claire Friday.

Crews were still at the scene of the fire around 4:30 p.m. and were expected to be there into the night Friday. It happened on Centre Street, south of Birch Street. Crews responded around 7:30 a.m. Friday. Flames could be seen shooting out of the roof of the home when firefighters got there.

"When I woke up, I heard some sirens," said Kevin Barreto, who was in the area. "I thought they were just going by and then I didn't think anything of it."

WEAU 13 News also spoke with the owner of the home. She says she watched her memories burn away.

"I grew up in there with my dad, and like I said, since he's gone, it's something I kinda held onto him a bit with, you know," said Stasha Bittner. She woke up to see the flames shooting out of the roof. Bittner rents out the two-story home.

"I was hoping to move in there someday," she said.

She said nobody was there when the fire started.

"My father passed away three years ago from cancer," she said. "He left me a trust with this house and another house that I actually live in right now. I live there now because its closer to school for me."

Firefighters appeared to take turns fighting the fire. Temperatures were below zero for part of the morning.

"It's really cold out here," said Barreto. "I have icicles in my beard, and firefighters have to got to be really cold."

There's no word yet on what caused the fire.

"I do know there was no heat in the house, so it kinda makes you wonder how it started," Bittner said. "The window was broken into, and we'll see."

"I'm thankful it didn't reach the other houses, and that kids across the street are ok."
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis, (WEAU) —Firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire in Eau Claire Friday morning.

It happened around 7:30 on Centre Street, which is just off of Birch Street. When crews got there, flames could be seen coming from the home. No one was home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters were still on scene as of 10:30 a.m. The 500 block in that area was closed while crews responded.

We have a crew on the scene and will have more information on WEAU 13 News at Noon.

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