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UPDATE: Home, car intentionally rigged to explode

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - The Marathon County Sheriff says human remains were found Friday morning buried under debris of a home that exploded Thursday in the Town of Wausau.

Those remains have not yet been positively identified but authorities say they believe they are the remains of the sole occupant and owner of the home, 43-year-old Jesse B. Jehn.

Authorities say the explosion that destroyed a rural Wausau home and killed one person was deliberate and another four devices designed to either explode or burst into flames were found on the property. Detectives say two of the devices were inside two separate vehicles parked near the residence. Another device was in a shed and one device in a small camper on the property.

Marathon County Sheriff's Department officials say the devices were safely disrupted by the Marathon/Oneida County Bomb Team. 

"When we got on scene we found that it was time fused. Two vehicles were daisy chained together and it appeared that the time fuse also ran to the burning structure which gave us grave concern. Our bomb squad suited up and realized that they had incendiary devices inside the vehicles attached to the end of the time fuse," said Marathon County Sheriff's Department Detective Jim Armstrong.

Authorities say there were hundreds of feet of fuse connecting the devices to the vehicle and the home.

"Those devices were meant to catch fire after the first responders got on scene," said Armstrong.

They say the car never exploded in Thursday's incident -- but authorities later safely detonated it.

Neighbors were asked to leave their homes at one point, but have since returned.

Officials say the house exploded around 6:45 Thursday morning on the 8000 block of Pioneer Lane, northeast of Wausau.

"If someone was in there, they'd never survive that," said Town of Wausau Fire Chief Kevin Yolitz. "I've got a captain that lives right next to the homestead here and his house windows and house just shook. He said he'd never felt anything like that before and it just rattled his windows and that's not that far away."

The Department of Criminal Investigation was also on scene.  Town of Wausau, City of Wausau, Town of Easton, Town of Hewitt, Village of Weston and the Town of Rib Mountain Fire and EMS Departments responded to the early morning explosion.

FBI, State Fire Marshals, Wisconsin Public Service, and the Salvation Army were also called to assist on the scene. 

Stay with Newsline 9 for the latest on this developing story.

 
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