NEW INFORMATION: Crews respond to Germania Street fire in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) -- Multiple people are displaced after a residential fire in Eau Claire.
It happened around 2 p.m. Saturday at 524 Germania Street.

Captain Tony Biasi with Eau Claire Fire Rescue said heavy fire was showing on three sides of the home when crews arrived on the scene.

Andrew Calkins of Chippewa Falls told WEAU 13 News he was driving by when he saw smoke and helped get someone out of an apartment before fire crews arrived. Calkins said was he was a firefighter for 10 years on the Tilden Fire Department and for three years with the Chippewa Fire District.

Captain Biasi said all the people living in the multi-unit home got out safely.

"We do have some pets that didn't make it out, but all the other occupants are accounted for," said Captain Tony Biasi with Eau Claire Rescue.

"Lots of people here are trying to help them and take care of them. The most important thing is that they're safe," said neighbor Jon Newton.

The Red Cross said it's assisting three adults and one child.

There's no word yet on what may have caused the fire or a damage estimate.

The Eau Claire Police Department said Germania Street is expected to be closed until about 10 p.m. Saturday.

A fire has taken over a home in Eau Claire, and closed down a street.

Firefighters are still at the scene of a house fire on Germania St. in Eau Claire. Witnesses at the scene say they heard an explosion before the fire started. Witnesses also say they heard someone inside the home yelling for help.

Tony Biasi with the Eau Claire Fire Department said, "We do have some pets that didn’t make it out, but all the other occupants are accounted for.”

Firefighters broke open the windows of the home just minutes ago and are still pumping water into the home to put out the fire.

Biasi said, "On their arrival, they had heavy fire showing from 3 sides. It’s been a tough fire to put out. It’s compartmentalized and they’re continuing to open up those areas that have hidden fire and to get full extinguishment."

According to the Eau Claire Police Department, Germania Street is closed because of the fire. Drivers should find another route until 10 p.m.

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