UPDATE: A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. Here is the link : https://www.gofundme.com/vahkd-support-billy-clark-family
Several fire crews battled both the frigid temperatures and massive flames in a two-story home in Poland this afternoon.
The fire on Case Road broke out around 2:30 p.m. Poland, Newport, Barneveld, Stittville and other fire departments responded to the scene for mutual aid.
Poland fire officials say that no people were hurt in the fire but two dogs that were in the home have died.
The roof of the structure collapsed just before 3 p.m., and after fighting the flames for half an hour, fire crews had to travel to the fire hydrants near Poland Central School to get more water.
One bystander said the fire was visible from a distance.
“What I thought was just, I knew something was on fire, I saw all the black smoke from at least a mile away,” said James Sorensen. “I came up, this is what I saw. It’s heart-wrecking, you know, it could happen to anybody in a matter of seconds.”
The local American Red Cross has been called to help assist the family that was displaced by the fire. We’re told that two adults and two children are now without a home.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
POLAND – Fire crews are responding to a fully-involved structure fire in the village of Poland.
The structure fire on Case Street was reported just after 2 p.m. Newport and Barneveld fire departments have been dispatched for mutual aid.
NEWSChannel 2 crews on scene say it appears to be a two-story home, and flames can be seen pouring from the windows and roof.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.