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UPDATE: Apartment fire started by child, lighter

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- According to a report from the Wausau Police Department, an apartment fire that displaced 4 people was started by a child playing with a lighter.

The report says it appears that "the fire was started on the couch by a 5 year-old."

Fire crews responded to the 1400 block of N 2nd Street at around 7:30 a.m. , where they say they found a large fire coming from the downstairs living room.

Officials say they were able to extinguish the blaze quickly since a fire station was nearby, but there are still plenty of repairs needed.

Wausau Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Doug Beula says "We have significant damage in the living room area where the couch was. There's some heat damage on the first floor to the adjoining room with some smoke damage throughout the structure. We did have to open up the wall in the upstairs apartment to check for extension. The upstairs apartment pretty much received only smoke damage."

No one was injured in the blaze. Beula says the Red Cross will help make temporary living arrangements for the two families while the home is repaired.

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