APPLETON — Five adults, six children and three pets won’t be able to return home tonight after a fire swept through the attic of their home in Appleton.

One pet did not survive the fire, and the home is considered a total loss, according to an Appleton Fire Department news release.

The Appleton Fire Department was sent about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to a house fire in the 1600 block of E. Capitol in Appleton.

The initial call indicated that the garage was on fire with smoke and flames visible, and that people inside were getting out.

When they arrived, the first fire crew encountered heavy fire coming from the garage, according to the news release.

Even though the fire extended into the attic space, crews brought the fire under control within 30 minutes.

The fire is currently under investigation and firefighters are still working on a cause at the time they issued their news release.

Damage to the building and contents was extensive and considered a total loss.

The initial damage estimate is $300,000.

The Appleton Fire Department was assisted by the Appleton Police Department, Gold Cross Ambulance, Outagamie County CERT, and the American Red Cross on scene.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.