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UPDATE: Man confesses to setting Ladysmith buildings on fire

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Ladysmith (WQOW) - Police say a Ladysmith man confessed to setting the fire that damaged several apartments, a tavern, and a laundromat. Brett Cox was arrested over the weekend. The fire happened on Thursday, the day he moved out of the apartment, where the flames started. 

Police say Cox admitted having a drink at the Finish Line tavern, then going up to his apartment and setting fire to some letters in a cardboard box on a chair. They say he also admitted setting a second fire.

Cox allegedly said he had prior issues with setting fires, and would possibly start them in the future.  After the fire started Cox left town in a moving-truck.

Police say he then called 911 to report the fire and gave a fake name.  Cox is being held on $25,000 bail, pending charges from the district attorney.

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Ladysmith (WQOW) - A man has been arrested in connection to a fire that happened in Ladysmith Thursday night.

26-year-old Brett Cox was arrested on suspicion of arson and recklessly endangering safety. The Ladysmith Police Department told WQOW News 18 Cox lived in the apartment building where the fire started.

Police say Cox was moving out of the apartment that same day. That apartment is above the Finish Line Bar, on Worden Avenue.  Police say it is a total loss and the business also has extensive damage.

Two nearby apartments and a Laundromat were also damaged. The cost of damage is still unknown. 

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Ladysmith Police Department (Press Release) - On March 7, 2013 at approximately 7:18 pm the Ladysmith Police Department, Ladysmith Fire Department and the Bruce Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 111 W Worden Ave in the City of Ladysmith. 

As a result of the fire three apartments, the Finish Line Sports Bar and a nearby Laundromat were damaged. 

After initial investigation at the scene the Ladysmith Police Department and Ladysmith Fire Department requested the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation.

After a joint investigation involving the Wisconsin Department of Justice- Division of Criminal Investigation (State Fire Marshal's), Ladysmith Fire Department and the Ladysmith Police Department. Brett S. Cox age 26 of Ladysmith was taken into custody and referred to the Rusk County District Attorney's Office for Arson and Recklessly Endangering Safety.  

Damage estimates from the fire at this time are still unknown.

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UPDATE: Ladysmith (WQOW) - Fire officials say the cause of Thursday night's fire in Ladysmith is suspicious.

That's according the Ladysmith fire chief. He, along with investigators from the police department and the state fire marshall's office spent Friday sifting through the remains of the Finish Line Bar on Worden Avenue.  

The fire started in an apartment above the bar.

The family that lived above the bar is said to be ok. According to the bar manager, there's a lot of smoke and water damage to the business.

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Ladysmith (WQOW) - A fire broke out above a bar in Ladysmith Thursday night. Now the Ladysmith Police Department has taken over the investigation. The scene is currently taped off.

WQOW News 18 was told the fire started in an apartment above the Finish Line Bar on Worden Avenue.  

The family that lived above the bar is said to be OK. According to the bar manager there's a lot of smoke and water damage to the business.

The State Fire Marshall's Office is expected to arrive on scene today to assist with the investigation. 

No injures have been reported. As soon as we know more, we'll pass it along.

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UPDATE: Ladysmith (WQOW) - A fire broke out above a bar in Ladysmith on Thursday night.

WQOW News 18 was told the fire started in an apartment above the Finish Line Bar on Worden Avenue.  

The family that lived above the bar is said to be ok. According to the bar manager there's a lot of smoke and water damage to the business.

There's no word on any injuries at this point.  As soon as we know more, we'll pass it along.

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Ladysmith (WQOW) - A fire broke out above a bar in Ladysmith on Thursday night.

WQOW News 18 was told the fire started in an apartment above the Finish Line Bar on Worden Avenue.  There's no word on any injuries at this point.  As soon as we know more, we'll pass it along.

 

 

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