A Mount Pleasant family was injured and has been displaced after their home was destroyed by a fire early Monday morning.

All three family members — a man, woman and child — were treated for injuries after the fire started at 2:19 a.m. Sunday morning at 1227 Lawndale Ave. The home was a total loss and has significant damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to a press release by the South Shore Fire Department.

When fire and rescue personnel responded, they found that the fire started in the attic and heavy smoke poured from the house. The person inside the home told officials that it was fully engulfed in flames. But the family was able to get out of the home.

The man initially refused care at the scene, but later went to the hospital. The woman and her child were taken to Ascension–All Saints Hospital.

Because of the size of the fire and the weather, a mutual aid box was called and several fire departments responded, including: Caledonia, Racine, Raymond. The Somers, Cudahy and Oak Creek fire departments also helped cover the South Shore Fire Department’s jurisdiction while South Shore fought the fire.

“Fighting the fire was challenging based on the advanced state of the fire on dispatch, limited accessibility to the structure and proximity of four exposure buildings with damage limited to one exposure and the weather,” the press release reads.

We’ll update this story with more information when we receive it.



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