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Update: Police call home explosion "suspicious"


 By Patrick Manning - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

 WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Fire investigators suspect the Friday night home explosion in Wausau was an arson. Authorities tell Newsline 9 that investigators have found evidence on the scene has led to them believe someone intentionally ignited the blaze.

 When firefighters responded to a report of a home explosion Friday night, they witnessed flames through the roof.

Days later, city workers arrive on scene to clean up glass blown into the street by a blast investigators call "suspicious." 

"There was some evidence found at the scene that we believe it is arson," says Wausau police chief Jeff Hardel.

 Wausau Police won't say what they found that may have ignited the a series of explosions that went off in the house.

One neighbor, who does not wish to reveal her name, heard the blasts and dialed 911.

When she heard it was a suspected arson, she says she wasn't entirely shocked.

"Well we thought the whole situation was strange what with the explosions," says the neighbor.

 Explosions that forced flames to roll from the building.

"It was coming out of the roof mostly, on the sides of the house and kind of just billowing from the top."

 As one might imagine, she's a little on edge.

"If someone's just starting random fires, that's kind of scary. Especially when you have a house full of animals and they could be starting fires anywhere in the neighborhood."

 Police say the man who owns the home bought it just a few months ago and had been remodeling it. Investigators haven't identified any suspects, but as they narrow their investigation there are several key areas for them to look into

"The reason because there are arsons are usually because of financial issues, or revenge issues, or whatever it may be," Hardel adds.

Police face many unanswered questions as neighbors watch and wait for answers.

"It's kind of freaky when you think about it," the neighbor adds.

Police continue to investigate. No one was hurt in the fire.

Tips to the Arson Hotline: 1-800-362-3005. Tips leading to an arrest can receive up to a $5,000 reward.

 Online Reporter: Patrick Manning



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