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UPDATE: New Details In Fire Investigation at Days Inn

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE 12/15/13 at 6:22 p.m.:

Fire officials say they are ruling out mischievous conduct as the cause of a fire at the Days Inn hotel in Wausau Saturday evening.

The fire started on the second floor of the hotel just after 8:00 p.m. Fire crews tell NewsChannel 7 the fire started in an area called a service chase, or the space between two adjacent rooms where wiring and plumbing are housed.

More than two dozen guests were evacuated to nearby hotels. No serious injuries were reported. Fire officials say several guests were treated at the scene and declined to be transported to area hospitals.

Firefighters battled the blaze until nearly 5:00 a.m. Wausau Battalion Chief Mark Krueger says the damage was mostly contained to the west side of the two-story building. He says the rest of the 120-room hotel only shows smoke and water damage.

Crew remained on scene for the majority of the day Sunday to make sure the fire did not reignite.

UPDATE 12/15/13 at 9:28 a.m.:

Wausau Fire Department Lieutenant Wally Olson said initial crews ended their shift around 3 a.m. after fighting the blaze Saturday night. The next crew on shift continues to monitor the fire at the Days Inn located on 17th Ave. in Wausau.

Olson also said one lane may still be closed on 17th Ave.

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UPDATE 12/14/13 at 10:47 p.m.:

Wausau Fire Department reports they are working to shut off the water at the Days Inn Hotel.

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UPDATE 12/14/13 at 10:40 p.m.:

The Wausau Fire Department reports heavy smoke from the second floor of the Days Inn and believes that second floor is no longer safe for firefighters to operate from.

Also, people who were staying at the Days Inn are starting to take rooms elsewhere.

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UPDATE 12/14/13 at 9:51 p.m.:

The Wausau Fire Department has called in crews from the Weston and Rib Mountain for back up and more water.

A section of rooms in the back end of the Days Inn in Wausau is up in flames.

NewsChannel 7 will continue to update you as we learn more.

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UPDATE 12/14/13 at 9:08 p.m.:

The Wausau Fire Department is closing 17th Avenue in Wausau in both directions now as they continue to fight the fire.

Our crew on the scene tells us the Fire Department confirms everyone has made it out of the building safely. Evacuated hotel guests are being taken to The Plaza Hotel .

Stay with NewsChannel 7 for the latest information.

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The Wausau Fire Department is on scene at a fire at the Days Inn in South 17th Avenue in Wausau.

While few details are known at this time, we do know the Fire Department has closed the southbound lanes on 17th Avenue near the hotel.

We have a crew on their way to the scene. We will bring you more details as they become available.


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