NEW INFORMATION: Deadly fire appears accidental in nature

By: WEAU 13 News Staff and AP Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff and AP Email

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WEAU) – Investigators say a house fire northwest of Wisconsin Rapids on Wednesday appears to have been accidental in nature.

A news release from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department does not elaborate on how the fire started. It says William Heiser Sr., 79, of the Town of Siegel, his wife, Janet Heiser, 71, and their son, William Heiser Jr., 38, were all found dead in the home on Fisher Road.

Investigators say it appears that the fire started on the east side of the garage.
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TOWN OF SIGEL, Wis. (AP) -- The Wood County coroner says three family members have died in a house fire in the Town of Sigel.

Coroner Garry Kronstedt says an elderly couple and their adult son were killed in the early morning fire Wednesday. The sheriff's office says the victims were a 79-year-old man, a 72-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man.

Area fire departments were called to the house that was engulfed in flames about 2:30 a.m.

Firefighters from Vesper, Pittsville, Arpin, Rudolph, Grand Rapids, Nekoosa and Port Edwards responded to the house fire.

The sheriff's office says the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Names of the victims won't be released until relatives are notified.

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WEAU) - Three people are now confirmed dead in a house fire northwest of Wisconsin Rapids.

The Wood County Coroner has confirmed that information to our sister station, WSAW-TV in Wausau. The victims' names have not been released.
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TOWN OF SIGEL, Wis. (AP) -- The Wood County sheriff says at least two people have died in a house fire in the Town of Sigel.

Sheriff Thomas Reichert says a search continues in the burned house for other possible victims. Area fire departments were called to the house that was engulfed in flames about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Reichert says the fire has been extinguished. Firefighters from Vesper, Pittsville, Arpin, Rudolph, Grand Rapids, Nekoosa and Port Edwards responded.
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(WEAU)-The Wood County Sheriff's Department says firefighters are on the scene of a house fire still and the people living there could still be inside.

Crews were called to 5649 Fisher Road in the Township of Sigel, north of Wisconsin Rapids around 2:30 a.m. When crews got there, the home was engulfed in flames. It's believed the occupants of the home are possibly inside.

The department says no information is known at this time as to the condition of the occupants of that home.

Area residents are asked to stay clear of the area as firefighters are taking water to that location.

The fire is still going on and crews will start looking for a cause to the fire.


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