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Fire guts Como home

Mike Heine/The Week

(Updated Dec. 4, 2007, 10:12 a.m.)

Terry Mayer/The Week
Firefighters cut through the roof of a Como home Monday to gain access to the flames.



















Four dogs, a pet bird and a pet iguana perished in a Monday afternoon fire at N3276 Iris Road in Como, a lake community between Elkhorn and Lake Geneva, according to fire officials.

The fire, reported at 4:32 p.m., gutted the inside of the single-family home and fire crews had to spray water on neighboring houses to keep them from igniting.

A family of four living there--two adults and two children--were not home at the time, Elkhorn Fire Chief Rod Smith said.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but Smith believes it was an electrical problem in a front bedroom.

The fire was contained to that bedroom and the adjacent living room. The rest of the house sustained heavy smoke and heat damage.

Fire crews from Elkhorn and Lake Geneva responded and had the fire completely out by 5:30 p.m.

Smith did not have a damage estimate and could not say if the home was going to be considered a total loss.
Flames were shooting out of the front windows when firefighters arrived, Smith said.

An initial report that a young girl might be in the home was unfounded, Lake Geneva Fire Chief Brent Connelly said.

The family is staying with friends, Smith said. They had insurance.


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