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West side fire threatens Wausau business, shuts down Stewart Avenue

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WAUSAU — Fire crews from multiple departments are at the scene of a large brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on Wausau’s west side.

The blaze was reported at about 2:30 p.m. in a field near the intersection of Stewart Avenue and 56th Avenue. Shortly after 3 p.m., crews reported the blaze was threatening a building at 5511 Stewart Avenue and was rapidly approaching fuel tanks at the building. That address corresponds to a drywall business.

According to dispatch reports, the blaze spread quickly along both Stewart Avenue and Hwy. 29. Firefighters are battling the blaze along several fronts and traffic is backed up along Hwy. 29 and the surrounding area. Stewart Avenue remains closed as of 4:20 p.m.

Firefighters from Wausau, SAFER, Riverside, Kronenwetter, the town of Wausau and the town of Maine are at the scene. The Department of Natural Resources has also been called to assist.

There’s no word on what started the blaze. Fire danger is high in Marathon County today, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Photos courtesy of Greg Otten

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