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Families relocate after Wausau Days Inn fire

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Now that the flames are gone from the Days Inn in Wausau, the recovery begins.

"I just thank god and anyone's that's helped, the firefighters who got there on time red cross for what they've done," said Lisa Brenchley, who was displaced by the fire.

Brenchley and her family lived at the days inn in Wausau for a few months. When it caught fire Saturday night, they found shelter at the Plaza hotel. Now, they have to move again.

"They told us this morning that we had to be out of the Plaza by 1:00 p.m. and Motel 6 was taking us in," said Brenchley.

"Some of the guests they were looking for a place that's why i told her just send them over here we have plenty of rooms so we can help out for you," said Bob Patel, the general manager of Motel 6.

Managers at the Days Inn declined to comment on camera about the fire, but the Wausau fire marshal says a bath tub that was in a burnt unit overflowed.

"We don't know at this time if the water shorted or caused an electrical failure that may or may not have ignited anything," said Dave Desantis, the Wausau fire marshal.

Workers on site say the building won't be open for a while.

"What we are doing is boarding up all the windows, we're going to get a temporary roof in place, and we've also winterized the front half of the building to prevent any secondary damage," said Jay Cricks, the Northstar Cleaning owner.

Meanwhile, the Brenchley family waits, the Red Cross is offering supplies, and for now they have a home. As their old one is destroyed by the flames.

The fire marshal said he's completed his investigation. It is now up to the Days Inn to repair the damage from the fire.

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