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UPDATE Wausau fire displaces family of four

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The fire that destroyed a two-story Wausau home started on the first floor and displaced a family of four, including two children, the Wausau Fire Department said Friday.

Two dogs, both Labradors, died in the blaze that broke out Thursday afternoon just south of downtown Wausau, investigators said.

The cause of the fire, which started in a downstairs room, remained under investigation Friday, Lt. Inspector Jeremy Kopp said. No foul play is suspected.

The family was renting the home and had left in the morning for either work, school and child care, Kopp said.

The house, it is a complete loss,” he said. “The only salvageable stuff is in the garage.”

Wausau firefighters battled a house fire on the city's east side.

Battalion Chief Doug Beula tells Newsline 9 two dogs died, but no one else was hurt.

The fire started Thursday afternoon on McDonald Street, just off grand avenue, Beula said. No one was home at the time.  

The Battalion Chief says at least two residents have been displaced.

Fire officials say they believe the fire had been going for several hours before it was visible from the outside.

Firefighters say it was a rental property. 

 The investigation hadn't started yet late Thursday afternoon as crews tried to control the fire.

We're supposed to get some pretty extreme wind,” said Beula. “That could really keep this fire rekindling all night long, so we want to make sure we have it out.”

Beula says the home is destroyed.  
He says the cause of the fire is still undetermined.


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