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Fire guts Wausau apartment


A Wausau Fire Department inspector says a fire that gutted an apartment complex Monday morning in Wausau started in a second floor bathroom of one of the apartments.

The fire, at 112 4th Avenue, started at 6:15 a.m. and caused extensive damage to two of the three apartments in the building, Lt. Jeremy Kopp said.

He said investigators have narrowed the cause of the fire to burning incense or an electrical problem.

Wausau Fire Battalion Chief Paul Czarapata said when crews arrived, flames were coming from both the first and second floors.

A young child was transported to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation.

Two of the three apartments were occupied and four people were displaced by the fire, Kopp said.

Kopp estimated damages at about $80,000, as firefighters had to rip through walls and the ceiling to extinguish the fire.

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