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UPDATE: Cause found in Days Inn fire


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Wausau police say they know what started a fire at the Days Inn on Saturday night.

Detective captain Greg Hagenbucher says the cause of the fire is electrical. "It started in a wall, and it may as a result of some flooding that happened early on Saturday on the second floor." The flooding was caused after a tub overflowed for an extended period of time over the afternoon.

Guests were quickly evacuated to other motels in the area, and fire crews spent most of the night fighting the fire. Damage was mostly contained to the west side of the building thanks to some fire stops built into the walls.

A number of people living and staying the motel were displaced, and Hagenbucher says new housing has been found for them. "The Plaza hotel across the street took everyone from the Days Inn, and they took them for two days. The Red Cross is working with the Days Inn management is working to get them back into their rooms and retrieve belongings and things like that."

One person was injured in the fire with minor injures and transported to a hospital.

Insurance adjusters from Days Inn are now at the scene to make their reports.