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UPDATE: Family of 12 Escapes Edgerton House Fire

UPDATED Friday, February 1, 2013 --- 6:45 p.m.

Press Release from the Edgerton Fire Department:

At 0202hrs Edgerton Fire and EMS responded to 211 Albion St. in the in the City Of Edgerton for a residential fire with smoke showing. Upon arrival Command found a three story single family home with smoke showing from the roof area. All occupants were out of the home upon our arrival. Fire Crews set up an offensive attack. A MABAS Box alarm was called due to the severe cold weather Command went to a 3rd alarm. A total of 14,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but believed to be from the furnace area on the 3rd floor. There were no reports of injuries.

Fire Units were on scene until about 0930hrs. The damage estimate is unknown at this time. There were no reports of injuries to the occupants or Firefighters on scene. Departments that were called were: Milton, Evansville, Stoughton, Janesville, City of Beloit, Town of Beloit, Fort Atkinson, Footville, Cottage Grove, Deerfield, Town of Turtle, Cambridge, Fitchburg, Brooklyn, Oregon, Clinton, Harlem Roscoe, Blooming Grove, McFarland, Sharon and City of Madison. Riteway Bus Company and SWEPT assisted in rehab for the Firefighters.

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Posted Friday, February 1, 2013-- 5:40 p.m.

A family of 12 escaped their burning home in Edgerton just after 2:00 this morning.

Homeowner, Victor Gonzalez, said he heard a pop coming from the furnance on the top floor of their three story home.

He got his wife and ten children out of his house of 16 years and over to a neighbor's house where they are now staying until finding a more permanent location. Victor says he has many offers, and the community's outreach is overwhelming.

"We are greiving, and when we walk through it we're going to shed tears. But the tears we've shed inside have been people asking what can we do, how can we help?"

More than 20 fire departments were called out to help battle the blaze because of the below zero temperatures that caused water and their tools to freeze. They battled the fire for about five hours and chased hot spots through the afternoon.

The damage on the top floor is extensive, but there were no injuries.

"It's just one big happy warm household, and for this to happen to them is just a darn shame," said neighbor, Fred Maves


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