UPDATE: Juvenile responsible for Chippewa Falls house fire turns himself in

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – A juvenile turned himself into the Chippewa Falls Police Department Friday morning for starting the fire.

Fire crews were called to a vacant house shortly before 1 p.m. Monday. As we reported, the Department of Criminal Investigation joined the investigation Tuesday.

Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said a juvenile male and his mother came to the police department Friday morning and are cooperating with police.

Kelm said the boy will be referred to juvenile intake on charges of arson and reckless endangerment, among others.

Kelm said he is not a suspect in any other fires or criminal activity.

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – The Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is now part of the examination into what caused a fourth-alarm house fire in Chippewa Falls on Monday.

According to Chippewa Falls Fire Chief Mike Hepfler, gas and electricity was cut off to the house in 2017. The building had been declared unsafe for occupancy.

When fire crews arrived at the house shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, they found heavy smoke coming from the first and second story windows. Fire crews did not enter the house because it was unsafe to be in and because of “excessive amounts of contents on each level of the building.”

Fire crews remained on scene all night long putting out spot fires.

The house is a total loss.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Chippewa Falls police and fire, and DCI.

If anyone has information about the fire, you are asked to contact Chippewa Falls police or the Chippewa Falls Fire Department.

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Fire crews are battling a house fire downtown Chippewa Falls.

The house is at the corner of N. High Street and Spruce Street. That is near the courthouse. All streets are blocked off in that area while the fire is being put out.

According to the Chippewa Falls Fire Department, the call came in around 1 p.m. They say the fire started in the back of the house, but nobody has lived in the house since 2017. Both electricity and gas was turned off to the house, so they are not sure what caused the fire.

Nobody was hurt.

WQOW Staff

WQOW Staff

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