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‘Suspicious’ house fire under investigation

‘Suspicious’ house fire  under investigation ‘Suspicious’ house fire  under investigation

State Fire Marshal leading probe in Ellsworth

Staff report

ELLSWORTH – At 6:54 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, the house located at 166 E. Main Street was reported to be on fire to the Ellsworth Police and Fire departments.

Both local departments were dispatched within minutes of the fire being called in. Heavy smoke was visible and the home was fully engulfed in flames. No one was home at the time and one pet was onsite but did not suffer any injuries from the fire. Traffic had to be rerouted from Main Street/Highway 10 for about a two-block radius for a couple of hours.

In a press release, Ellsworth Police Chief Eric Ladwig described the fire to be “suspicious in nature” per early

Photo by Sarah Nigbor investigations. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and State Fire Marshal’s Office will assist with the investigation.

The Journal reached out to Ellsworth Fire Chief Brent Langer for comment, but Langer declined as the fire is still under investigation.

If anyone has information about the fire or saw anything suspicious during the time of the fire, please reach out to Ellsworth police at 715-2733275 or 715-273-5051.

The incident is believed to be isolated with no danger to the public.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Ellsworth Ambulance and the State of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation Deputy State Fire Marshal assisted Ellsworth Police and Fire at the scene.

Photo by Sarah Nigbor

Ellsworth police directed traffic away from Main Street on Tuesday, May 25 around 8 a.m. as a fire at 166 E. Main St. was being investigated. The detour took drivers about two blocks out of their way.