Two families displaced after Sun Prairie house fire

A fire in Sun Prairie displaced 19 people Friday afternoon.
A fire in Sun Prairie displaced 19 people Friday afternoon.(Michelle Baik)
Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 2:55 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2020 at 9:52 PM CST
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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) - Two families are displaced Friday afternoon after a kitchen fire at a home in Sun Prairie caused it to be “not occupiable.”

The Dane County Dispatch says that a call came in at 2:15 for a house fire on the 600 block of Keller Drive.

Sun Prairie Fire Department Chief Christopher Garrison said the house was occupied when crews arrived and they had to evacuate many residents. Garrison said there were 19 people living inside the duplex who were displaced. According to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, there were 18 people displaced.

Fire crews reported seeing heavy fire and smoke in the kitchen of the residence.

No one was injured as a result of the fire, but all residents are displaced. Garrison called the duplex “not occupiable.” The Dane County Sheriff’s Office believes damages are estimated to be around $80,000.

Resident Tyronda Clash lives on one side of the duplex, saying it was not her side that the fire started on. Clash was told that she may be able to come back to her home as early as this weekend, but is looking for a place for her and her eight family members to stay in the meantime.

A representative from Red Cross said they are working with 19 people from two separate families, seven adults and 12 children, who were displaced from the fire. They will provide assistance with lodging at a nearby hotel and food. They will also work to provide health and mental health resources as part of their initial response. The fire does not appear suspicious, but the sheriff’s office said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Sun Prairie Fire Department, Marshall Fire and Cottage Grove Fire were all called to the scene. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office also reported to the scene.

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