A Friday night house fire required five fire departments to battle the blaze. The Merrillan Fire Department was paged for a garage and house fire on Oakwood Place in the Village at about 8:30. Once on scene, crews quickly searched the single story home and found no one inside. Fire departments from Alma Center, Hatfield, Hixton, and Black River Falls all provided mutual aid. Officials say the quick coordination and teamwork of firefighters saved several of the home’s valuables and prevented the entire building from being a total loss. Firefighters responded in frigid temperatures that reached nine degrees below zero by the times crews cleared the scene, just before 3:30 this morning. The fire remains under investigation.

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