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1 person suffers minor injuries after an apartment fire on Grand Avenue in Wausau

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 1:11 AM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- One person suffered minor injuries after an apartment fire in Wausau early Tuesday morning.

Crews were called to the Grand Avenue Luxury Apartments on the 2300 block of Grand Ave shortly after midnight. That property is north of Brickner’s on Grand Avenue.

Officials said the fire started outside on a second-floor balcony.

Wausau Fire Chief Bob Barteck said before this call came in, some crews were responding to another alarm. But, by the time this call came, all available units were able to respond. “We’ve got a 16-unit apartment complex in the middle of the night on a minus 10-degree night and so all of our available staffing is quickly put to work... attacking the fire, finding shelter for those that are evacuating out, everyone quickly is overwhelmed,” he said.

Multiple crews responded to the scene, including Wausau Fire Department, SAFER, Riverside Fire District, and Merrill Fire Department. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation with the Wausau fire and police departments.

“First Student provided some buses for us to keep the residents warm in the cold weather and the outlining fire departments assisted us with this fire being the large scale that it was,” Battalion Chief for the Wausau Fire Department, Tim Bingham said.

Fire officials also said the unit the fire started at does have extensive damage, including the roof and attic.

The Salvation Army is helping those displaced by the fire.

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