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Holmen apartment fire

Firefighters battle a fire in an apartment building at 615 McHugh Road in Holmen.

HOLMEN — About 15 firefighters from three agencies fought a fire Friday that destroyed a 12-unit apartment building in Holmen.

Fire crews found a garage engulfed by flames after a car caught fire about 11 a.m. at 615 McHugh Road, Holmen Area Fire Chief Paul Menches said.

Firefighters fought flames that spread to the attached apartment building in single-digit temperatures that froze water and equipment.

“It’s moving on us,” Menches said of the fire that billowed smoke for blocks. 

Residents evacuated safely with the aid of Holmen police. Everyone was accounted for, Menches said.

The cause of the car fire remains under investigation. Authorities planned to demolish the remains of the building Friday afternoon.

The Salvation Army and American Red Cross will assist displaced residents.


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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at or 608-791-8224.

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Features in Holmen is collecting donated items for the displaced victims of this fire and has offered them free meals. You may also contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross at (877) 618-6628 ext 5822 or the Holmen police department at 608-526-4212 for information on what clothing or personal items may be needed; e.g. clothing, diapers, etc.


A tragedy for all these families affected. I cannot imagine the emotions involved in losing everything. Glad to see community mobilizing around to help all affected.


The disruption goes beyond losing stuff. People lose time from work, bills get behind, etc. Catholic Charities can help straighten out the messes...for anyone.

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