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Investigators return for a second day of searching in the rubble of a house explosion.

Investigators return for a second day of searching in the rubble of a house explosion.

UPDATE: Fri. 7:20 PM, Jan. 10, 2014

The Marathon County Sheriff's Office is still waiting on autopsy results before they can positively ID remains found in a home that exploded in the Town of Wausau Thursday morning. But in a press release they acknowledged they believe the remains are that of the homeowner, 43-year old Jesse Jehn.

Crews were called to the 8300 block of Pioneer Lane off N. 85th St. just before 7:00 AM Thursday.

The Marathon-Oneida County Bomb Squad was called in to assist after a firefighter snagged his boot on what we now know was a fuse. The Bomb Squad uncovered four undetonated explosive devices and feet of fuse on the property. Two devices were found in cars, one was found in a shed and another was found in a camper out back. Detective Jim Armstrong says the devices were connected by timed fuses throughout the property, He says he believes the explosion was deliberate.

Earlier this week, neighbors told NewsChannel 7 that they wouldn't be surprised if investigators found the homeowner in the rubble.

When asked if she believed Jehn was home at the time of the explosion neighbor Paula Fitzke replied, " I'm sure he probably was."

Detective Armstrong says while the motive isn't clear, officers have responded to the home in the past. He adds neighbors have told him Jehn was known to have stored lots of gasoline and kerosine on the premises. Jehn's father, who lived their before his passing, made his own fireworks as a hobby.

UPDATE: Fri 12:17 PM, Jan. 10, 2014

Remains discovered in the basement of a home that was destroyed by what investigators call an intentional explosion, will be transported to Madison for an autopsy.

As of noon Friday, investigators had not confirmed the remains were human.

Sheriff's Department investigators determined that the fire was “incendiary,” which means that it was the result of a person’s actions.

A total of five incendiary devices found had not exploded.

UPDATE: Fri 9:51 AM, Jan. 10, 2014

A detective with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department say remains, which will have to be tested to determine if they are human, were found in the basement of a home that exploded Thursday morning northeast of Wausau.

The sheriff's department says five devices were found chained together in the basement and were deliberately set.

Detectives tell NewsChannel 7 the devices were set to go off in a chain-reaction style.


UPDATE: Fri 8:54 a.m., Jan 10, 2014

Search crews have returned to the site of a house explosion Thursday morning in the Town of Wausau.

Marathon County Sheriff's deputies tell NewsChannel 7 large pieces of debris are being moved Friday morning and the basement still looks full.

Investigators still have not determined a cause for the explosion. Homeowner Jesse Jehn, 43, has not yet been found. It is unknown whether Jehn was home at the time of the explosion.


UPDATE: Thurs 3:29 PM, Jan 9, 2014

Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks says "suspicious" devices have been located at a home that was believed to have exploded early Thursday morning northeast of Wausau.

Crews were called to 8309 Pioneer Lane in the Town of Wausau just before 7 a.m. for the report of a house fire. Investigators later confirmed it as a home explosion.

43-year-old Jesse Jehn lived at the address, according to neighbors and court records. It's unknown whether anyone was home at the time of the explosion, and no remains have been found.

Sheriff's Parks would not say how many "devices" were located at the home, but another item had been located Thursday afternoon.

He could not confirm the fire was intentionally set.


UPDATE: Thurs 12:45 PM, Jan. 9, 2014

Precautionary measures are now in place as an investigation begins into a house explosion northeast of Wausau.

Our reporter at the scene says N. 85th and Pioneer Lane have now been closed. It is unknown how long the closures will be in place.

Neighbor who lives near the explosion site says a friend, who is also a member of the fire department, suggested she leave her home.

There have been no mandatory evacuations.

UPDATE: Thurs 12:06 PM, Jan. 9, 2014

The Marathon-Oneida Bomb Squad is now on scene of house explosion northeast of Wausau. Investigators say they were called in to clear the scene and make sure there is no risk for another explosion.

Once they determine the area is safe, the State Fire Marshal and the Marathon County Sheriff's Department will work to figure out what caused the explosion. As of noon Thursday, investigators were still unsure if anyone had been inside.

A neighbor tells NewsChannel 7, he believed the home's heat source was propane.

"We're not sure of the heat source. We're in the early stages that's unknown what his heat source was. But there's been indication that there's might have been some fuel stored downstairs that may have been the cause of this explosion but we're not sure at this point,” explains Captain Greg Bean from the Marathon County Sheriff's Dept.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 for the very latest on this developing story.

UPDATE: Thurs 10:25 AM, Jan. 9, 2014

Fire crews are still battling a house fire in the Town of Wausau after reports of an explosion early Thursday morning.

Neighbors called 911 around 6:50 a.m. to report an apparent house explosion on the 8300 block of Pioneer Lane, off N. 85th Street, according to Marathon County Emergency Management Director Steve Hagman. The house was engulfed by the time fire crews arrived and has been declared a total loss.

One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, says he was folding laundry when his windows rattled. He says he called 911 after looking out the window and seeing the back of his neighbor's house was gone.

The man tells NewsChannel 7 the homeowner's car was at the house. Officials would not confirm whether anyone was in the house at the time of the explosion.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin once the fire is fully extinguished. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has been contacted.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 and for more information throughout the day.

POSTED: Thu., Jan. 9 7:26 a.m.
Fire crews from throughout Marathon County are currently at the scene of a house fire on the 8300 block of Pioneer Lane in the Town of Wausau.

The fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. Thursday. At this point, it remains unknown whether anyone was injured.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 and for more information as it becomes available.

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