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UPDATE: Wausau hotel fire likely electrical

UPDATED Monday, December 16, 2013 --- 10:58 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Investigators say a fire that burned a Wausau hotel over the weekend was likely caused by an electrical problem.

Guests were evacuated from the Days Inn Saturday night and escorted to another hotel. About 20 people needed rooms elsewhere.

Police say the fire engulfed the west end of the hotel, collapsing the second floor in that area. One man was transported to the hospital after complaining of chest pain and later released.

A state fire marshal and local police and fire officials began an investigation into the cause of the fire Sunday. Investigators learned a bathtub had overflowed for an extended period of time on the second floor earlier in the day. It was the same area where the fire was later discovered.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013 --- 4:51 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A fire at a Days Inn hotel in Wausau forced more than two dozen guests to evacuate into a cold, snowy evening.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the hotel just after 8 p.m. Sunday. Guests were evacuated to nearby hotels.

No serious injuries were reported. Fire officials on Sunday said several guests were treated at the scene and declined transport.

Firefighters battled the blaze until nearly 5 a.m. 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.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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