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Fire strikes rural Plum City home

TOWN OF UNION -- Ed McRoberts has lived in the home for the past 20 years, but now he and his Black Labrador retriever, Cody, will have to find a new home.

The house McRoberts rented at N3702 Pierce County ZZ, at the intersection of 370th Street in the Town of Union, was struck by fire late Thursday afternoon.

The home is located a couple of miles northeast of Plum City and Pierce County dispatchers received word of the fire at around 4:15 p.m. from a passerby.

Firefighters from the Plum City Fire Department responded to the scene and found that the home's upper level was on fire.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

"They (the firefighters) told me the fire was between the plaster and the walls," said McRoberts.

The home used to be a log house, according to McRoberts, who said he wasn't really sure how old the home really is.

He rents the home from Brad Saueressig of Hastings.

McRoberts was notified of the fire by the firefighters and was able to get some personal items out of the lower level, which had significant water and smoke damage.

"In a way I was kind of relieved, I was expecting a lot worse," McRoberts said.

At around 5:30 p.m. flames could be scene coming out of the roof and firefighters were not able to say what caused the fire. Firefighters were still on the scene at 7:15 p.m.

More information on the fire will be posted when it becomes available.