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NEW INFORMATION: Fire at Chippewa Falls apartment determined accidental

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Chippewa Falls (News Release) - A follow-up to the structure fire on March 5, 2014 at 103 ½ Island Street in the City of Chippewa Falls:  A joint investigation has been completed by the Chippewa Falls Fire Department and Chippewa Falls Police Department. 

Investigators found the origin of the fire to be in the living room of the upstairs apartment at 103 ½ Island Street. Investigators were unable to completely rule out electrical or careless use of smoking materials as a cause of the fire.

The investigation is completed and the fire appears to be accidental in nature. Based upon these findings, the cause is undetermined.

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Firefighters believe they know where flames started in an apartment building fire in Chippewa Falls early Wednesday morning.

Crews were called out around 1 a.m. to a three-plex on Island Street. They found heavy flames and smoke coming from windows on the second story. No one was inside the building at the time, but a dog died.

Firefighters believe the blaze started near a couch in a second floor living room. They are still investigating the cause. Chippewa Falls Police say there's nothing to indicate that the fire is suspicious.

There was extensive damage to the second floor apartment, and smoke and water damage to the other two apartments. The cost of that damage has been estimated at $30,000.

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A dog is dead after a house fire in Chippewa Falls.

The Chippewa Falls Fire Department says it got the call around one Wednesday morning for an apartment unit at 103 1/2 Island Street. When crews got there, they saw heavy flames and smoke coming from two windows on the northwest side of the second story. No one was inside the building at the time. A dog was found dead on the second floor of the apartment. There was extensive damage to that floor, and smoke and water damage to the other two apartments.

There's no word on the cause of the fire or where it started. Damage estimates are at $30,000.

The American Red Cross was on scene to help those displaced by the fire.

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