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Raw Video: Fire Consumes Vacant Home on Claas Road

Early reports indicate that there was evidence of forced entry into the foreclosed home sometime before the fire began.

An early morning fire completely destroyed a home on the corner of Claas Road and Ranch Road Tuesday morning in Menomonee Falls.

Firefighters on the scene reported evidence that could indicate foul play.

The Menomonee Falls Fire Department responded to the fire at roughly 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. A witness on the scene reported flames shooting out from the roof of the home at W136N6870 Claas Rd., and first responders confirmed the home was engulfed by the time they arrived.

Radio traffic from the scene indicated that no occupants were in the home at the time of the fire. A witness on the scene, who also made the call, is a local resident in the neighborhood and was on her way home from work. She believed the home was foreclosed and the family had moved out over summer, and she also said no one was home at the time.

According to AOL Real Estate, the home was not for sale and had a value of $207,000.

Radio reports from the scene indicate that firefighters found evidence of forced entry that may have occurred prior to the fire starting.

Firefighters were still on the scene at 1:50 a.m., but most of the homes remained dark throughout the ordeal. These are all early reports, so check Menomonee Falls Patch later Tuesday for more details about the fire as they are released by authorities.

Sue Block November 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
My husband and I want to share a huge thank you to the firefighters who fought the fire and protected our family and home, as we live 2 houses away from this fire. We are so grateful for your efforts! Rich and Sue Block
Brittany Steffes November 08, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Thank you so much for the care for our family. It was not foreclosed on. It was just a matter of finding a new residence and waiting to sell this one. But yes, I am glad that everybody is safe throughout this horrific ordeal, but I do think that it is slightly out of control that everybody states their opinion right away regardless of the family's feelings. I lost a house that I have the majority of my life memories in. But nobody writes about that. Instead we have people swinging by the house saying their opinion about the family that lived there. Sorry.. But I don't care much at this point about what your family thought about ours. I'm too busy dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy.

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