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Dog dies, 4 displaced following Merrill apartment fires

Merrill apartment fire on Nov. 30, 2021
Merrill apartment fire on Nov. 30, 2021(WSAW)
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 7:32 AM CST
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MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) - Four people have received assistance from the Red Cross after they were displaced by a fire early Tuesday morning in Merrill.

Crews responded to a fire at two adjoining buildings on the 200 block of E. 2nd Street around 2:30 a.m. That location is southeast of Prairie River Middle School. Merrill Fire Chief Josh Klug said the fire likely started in the upper stairwell of the apartment and was unintentional in nature.  He said the official cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Investigators from the Merrill Fire Department say a dog as a result of injuries sustained in the fire.

Investigators said four apartments and one business were located in the buildings. The extent of damage was not immediately known.

The Merrill Fire Department tells Newschannel 7 a rescue operation had to be performed to save one person using a ladder from the second floor of one of the buildings. No one was hurt during the fire and everyone was able to escape.

Assisting the Merrill Fire Department was the Pine River Fire Department, Tomahawk EMS, Wisconsin Public Service gas and electric, Wausau Fire truck 1, Corning Fire Department, and the American Red Cross.

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