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University of Wisconsin fire ruled an accident

3 students were killed in the blaze
April 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A police chief says investigators believe the fire that killed three University of Wisconsin-Stout students at an off-campus duplex in Menomonie, Wis., was accidental. Police Chief Dennis Beety calls the fire a "horrific and tragic accident."

Speaking with the chief on Sunday, Battalion Fire Chief Denny Klass says officials are waiting for a report from the Wisconsin state fire marshal on a possible cause of the blaze.

The fire early Saturday filled the house with smoke. Firefighters say they found the victims - two women and one man - in three bedrooms on the second floor of the house.

Police have said that all three victims appear to have died of smoke inhalation.


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