NEW INFORMATION: Unattended wood stove likely started Eau Claire Co. fire

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EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU)-- Monday night, crews finished up at a house fire in Eau Claire County, we're learning how bees may be partly to blame for the widespread damage.

Around 4:30 pm township fire crews were called to Olson Drive for a garage on fire.

That quickly turned into a call for the house catching fire too. No one was home at the time and no one was hurt.

When our photographer got there, flames were still shooting from the roof of the home across from Toy's Auto and Salvage.

Firefighters told us Monday night it appears an unattended wood stove started the fire, but the owner of the home had just taken the honey from his bee hives in the garage.

Crews say the large amount of wax burned so hot it spread the fire to the home. That fire also started a small grass fire. The house, garage and $35,000 in bee equipment and product are a total loss.

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Crews are on the scene of a house fire at 8000 Olson Drive, in the Town of Seymour, in Eau Claire County.

The fire was reported around 4:30 p.m. across from Toys Auto and Salvage. There's no word yet on what caused the fire or if there are any injuries.

We have a crew at the scene and will have the latest information as we get it on WEAU 13 News at 6 and 10, and on weau.com.


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