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Firefighters save home from going up in flames Submitted: 01/30/2015
RHINELANDER - Firefighters in the Rhinelander area saved a two story home from going up in flames Friday.

Rhinelander Fire Department, Pelican Fire Department, Rhinelander Fire Department and Oneida County Sheriff's Office responded to a house fire at 6:51 a.m. Rhinelander Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Metz says they got a call about a microwave fire, but when they got there, the entire kitchen was on fire. Metz said they knocked out the kitchen fire on the first floor, but it still made its way to the second floor.

They did save the home. The three people living in the home got out safely.

American Red Cross is finding a place for the family to stay while their home gets repaired.

Story By: Newswatch 12 Team

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