UPDATE: Fundraiser Scheduled For Family Of Wausau House Fire

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Feb. 24, 2014

A lunch fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday at Coldwell Banker Action in Schofield at 11:30 a.m. in support of the family who lost everything including their two dogs in a house fire in Wausau last Thursday.

Renee Hettinga, Wayne Mueller and their two children, Claire and Wyatt said it has been tough since the fire, but things are getting better. The family has been receiving donations since the fire and spent their first night in their new rented home Sunday night. They said they are so grateful for the help and support of the community. If you can't make it to the fundraiser, you can still make a donation at Northwestern Wisconsin Associates on North Second Street in Wausau or at Peoples State Bank in the Renee and Wayne Fire Relief Fund.

Investigators said the fire started in the north west corner of the house, but it does not appear to be suspicious. They said the cause is undetermined because the damage was too extensive.


Wausau Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Doug Beula tells NewsChannel 7 the damage from the fire is so extensive it could be days before they can figure out a cause. He says at this time, they don't even know a point of origin.

He calls the house a total loss. Beula says it was tough to fight, because they could not go inside. The fire was burning in the basement, making the floors weak.

Nobody was home when the fire broke out. Nobody was hurt. But, Beula says two dogs were killed in the fire.


UPDATE: Feb. 20th, 2014 6:22 P.M.

The Wausau Fire Department says a home just off Grand Avenue is significantly damaged following a fire this afternoon.

The fire was near the intersection of Grand Avenue and McDonald Street, which is near the Pine Grove Cemetery.

Crews were called just after 2:00 PM this afternoon. When they arrived smoke and fire could be seen coming from the house. Thankfully, no one was home at the time.

An excavator was brought on scene to help remove portions of the roof so firefighters could better attack the fire.

No word on a cause yet, but investigators say they will be back on scene tomorrow.


Crews are on the scene of a house fire near the intersection of Grand Ave. and Mc.Donald St. in Wausau which is near the Pine Grove Cemetery.

That's just down the road from our NC7 studios. From our driveway we can see smoke billowing up Grand Ave. From what we can see, it looks like traffic is being detoured. Your best bet may be to avoid the area.

We have a crew at the scene. We'll bring your more details at wsaw.com as they become available.

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