File photo, Vandenbroek Kaukauna Fire Department
File photo, Vandenbroek Kaukauna Fire Department

UPDATE — Red Cross Disaster volunteers provided comfort and relief to six people, including four children, from the family displaced by a fire Thursday in the town of Freedom.

According to a Red Cross spokesperson, relief includes emergency assistance for things like temporary lodging, meals and clothing, as well as access to health and mental health resources.

Alongside community partners, the Red Cross says they’ll work with the family in the days ahead on the next steps in their recovery.

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TOWN OF FREEDOM — The residents of a town of Freedom home are being helped by the Red Cross after heavy fire tore through the kitchen of their home.

The Freedom Fire Department was sent about 7:45 a.m. Thursday to a house on fire on Weyers Rd in the Town of Freedom.

Vandenbroek-Kaukauna Fire Dept was also paged under an auto-aid agreement.

While in route, MABAS Box card 2-2 was called to the second alarm level.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the eves and roof vents. When they got inside they found heavy fire in the kitchen area.

The fire was knocked down quickly, according to a news release, and overhaul took about two hours.

The family is being assisted with immediate needs by the Red Cross.

Freedom EMS, Outagamie Cty Sheriffs Dept., Wis. State Patrol, Gold Cross Ambulance, Vandenbroek- Kaukauna Fire & Rescue, Center FD, Oneida FD, Grand Chute FD, Appleton FD, Outagamie Cty CERT, Outagamie Cty Victim Crisis Response Unit assisted.

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By Dan Plutchak

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