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In the News: 1/1/07

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    The following article is on the front page of the La Crosse Tribune (1/1/07) MASSIVE FIRE MAY HAVE CLAIMED EIGHT LIVES by Amanda Claiborne Tragedy struck again
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2007
      The following article is on the front page of the La Crosse Tribune
      (1/1/07)

      MASSIVE FIRE MAY HAVE CLAIMED EIGHT LIVES

      by Amanda Claiborne

      Tragedy struck again at Uncle Elmer's Bunny Ranch this Saturday night
      when the farmhouse located at the heart of the ranch burned to the ground.
      At least one person has been confirmed dead and seven others are
      missing after an unexplained blaze ripped through the one hundred year
      old structure.
      Police and fire teams responded to calls that a large structure was
      burning in rural Sparta late Saturday evening. When fire crews
      arrived they found that a massive blaze had already consumed most of a
      two story home as well as some of the surrounding forest.
      The remains of Elmer Docuson, owner of the Ranch were recovered and
      identified late Sunday evening. Among the missing are Liza, Elaine,
      Fred, and Anne Docuson, Marty Kilpatrick, and Mrs. Jane Docuson. Also
      missing is firefighter Eric Sagan who was last seen fighting the blaze.
      "This fire was especially hot and intense, likely do to chemicals that
      were being stored in the basement of the house," said Fire Chief,
      Gregg Cleveland. "There are still hot spots and the structure isn't
      sound so we haven't been able to do a thorough search of the building.
      We're assuming that the family was inside and that somehow Sagan may
      have been trapped while trying to rescue them."
      Liza, Elaine, Fred, and Anne were all children of Jane and Elmer
      Docuson. Marty Kilpatrick was a longtime family friend who helped out
      at the ranch, relatives said.
      Eric Sagan is a four year veteran of the La Crosse Fire Department.
      The investigation into the blaze is ongoing, said Cleveland.
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