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UPDATE: Names released in fatal Wood Co. house fire

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WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) - Two of the three members of a family killed in an early morning fire near Wisconsin Rapids were trying to escape the home before being overcome by smoke, an investigator said Thursday.

William Heiser Sr., 79, and his 38-year-old son William Jr. were found dead near a door, said Wood County Sheriff's Lt. Shawn Becker. Janet Heiser, 72, was found in the basement.

They died of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Wood County coroner.

Firefighters responded to the scene at about 2:30 a.m. and the house was already engulfed in flames.

Becker said the fire started in an attached garage but the cause remained under investigation Thursday. Foul play has been ruled out.

Because of damage to the home, investigators have been unable to determine whether the home had smoke detectors, Becker said.

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WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) - An elderly couple and their son died in a fire at their Wood County home early Wednesday, the Wood County Sheriff's Department said.

Lt. Shawn Becker said the victims, a 79-year-old man, a 72-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man, were found inside the home. Names were not immediately released.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Firefighters responded to the scene in rural Wisconsin Rapids at about 2:30 a.m. The house was engulfed in flames by the time they responded.

Because of damage to the home, investigators were unable to determine whether the home had smoke detectors, Becker said.

Firefighters from Vesper, Pittsville, Arpin, Rudolph, Grand Rapids, Nekoosa and Port Edwards responded to the home on Fischer road.

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