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Pulaski House Fire Latest in String of Blazes

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PULASKI, Wis. (WTAQ) - A family of four in the Pulaski area were forced out of their home early Thursday morning because of a fire.

The blaze started around 5 a.m. on Yurek Road. Officials say the flames escaped the chimney and lit up the attic, as well as the kitchen and basement.

One of the homeowners fought the fire himself with fire extinguishers, before crews arrived. He was treated for smoke inhalation.

The 3 other people who live in the home escaped safely.

It's just the latest in a string of fires crews have been responding to in the past few weeks.

The Green Bay Fire Department has responded to 9 residential fires since Thanksgiving. And just between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, Northeast Wisconsin Red Cross chapters responded to 4 fires.

The Lakeland chapter has responded to 17 fires since Nov. 15.

Across the nation, December, January and February are typically the busiest months of the year.

The Red Cross is asking for donations after the spate of fires. Cell phone users can text the word GIFT to 90999 from now through December 31 to make a $25 donation to the American Red Cross, visit www.newredcross.org to make an online donation or called 920-231-3590 for more information.