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No injuries in Thursday night fire

By Brandi Makuski

No injuries were reported following a Thursday night house fire on Francis St.

Metro Fire crews from Stevens Point, Plover, and Hull were called to 1034 Francis St. at 10:48 after a caller reported the house was filling up with smoke.

Stevens Point Assistant Fire Chief JB Moody said a female occupant evacuated the home by the time crews arrived.

“When Engine 1 arrived they did a quick primary 360, and they realized the whole house was charged with smoke,” Moody said. “There was smoke coming out of the eaves.”

Moody said crews found a working fire in the basement and deployed water using a one-and-three-quarters inch hose. With close proximity to other homes in the area, Moody asked for additional resources from the Rudolph Fire Department.

“When we have a working fire, we have [teams of] two-in and two-out, we try to have more personnel on the scene,” he said, adding some crews stayed behind at local fire department headquarters as a backup should other calls come in.

“We did rescue two cats,” Moody said. “One on a primary search of the home, and another on a secondary search.”

Crews were on the scene for about two hours. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage were not immediately known.