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UPDATE: New details in Wausau Days Inn fire

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - A fire at Days Inn in Wausau Saturday was most likely electrical and not suspicious, according to the Wausau Police Department.

Investigators say the fire may have been caused by an overflowing bathtub on the second floor of the hotel. They say water was overflowing for an extended period of time in the same area as the fire was later discovered.

Officers were told someone saw fire coming from a thermostat in the center of the building.

"It appears that it was in that void which goes from the first floor all the way up to the attic and had spread into the floor system between the first and second floor," said Dave Desantis, the Wausau fire marshall.

The Wausau Fire Department received the call around 8:00 p.m. Saturday. First responders say the weather slowed them down.

"Primarily we've been working outside the weather is working against us, but we're making headway at this time," said Wausau Deputy Chief Phil Rentmeester.

The deputy fire chief said everyone was evacuated from the building before there was partial collapse of the second floor.

"We heard the smoke alarm we came out that's when my mother seen the smoke, I got all my family out," said Jessica Brenchley, who was displaced by the fire.

From there people like Brenchley were brought to the Plaza hotel across the street from the Days Inn for assistance. The Red Cross is working with those displaced.

"The only people that's important to me right now is my family's okay and they got out safe along with the other families," said Brenchley.

"One adult male was transported to the hospital because he felt some pain in his chest. He has since been released," said Detective Captain Greg Hagenbucher.

Fire officials say some people have been allowed to go back in to get their things. Not all rooms are safe at this point and they say there's a lot of work left to be done.



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