Update: New details on the fire that destroyed a former state Senator’s home

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Buffalo County (WQOW)- The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office released new information Sunday night about what caused the fire that destroyed former Wisconsin Senator Kathleen Vinehout’s home.

At 1:17 a.m., a neighbor alerted authorities that the house was fully engulfed in flames. When officers arrived, a third of the house was engulfed; luckily, Kathleen Vinehout and her husband Douglas Kane had heard the fire alarms and were already out of the house.

The press release states that the couple had left a burning fire in the fire place overnight, which led to the cause of the fire. Firefighters struggled to put the flames out due to weather and road conditions around the home.


Buffalo County (WQOW) – A fundraiser has been set up for those looking to help former Wisconsin Senator Kathleen Vinehout and her family, who lost their home to a fire on Saturday.

Andrew Werthmann, acting city council president, has set up a Facebook fundraiser for the family. As of Monday morning, the fundraiser has raised about $17,000, with a $20,000 goal. He said in the post that Kathleen and her husband Doug escaped the fire with nothing but the shoes and clothes they were wearing.

Werthmann said the family is looking for necessities like clothes, food and more.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is expected to release information on the fire Sunday evening.


Buffalo County (WQOW) – A home belonging to former Wisconsin Senator Kathleen Vinehout and her family was devastated by a fire in the early morning hours on Saturday.

According to Vinehout’s official Facebook page, Vinehout and her family are safe, but they lost everything to the flames. You can check back on her Facebook page for updates on how you can help the family.

This is a developing story. Check back with News 18 for the latest details.

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