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UPDATE: Authorities release details about deadly Menasha house fire

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FRIDAY 9/25/2020 3:06 p.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (WFRV) – Authorities are releasing more details about a structure fire in Menasha that killed two this week.

According to Neenah Menasha Fire Rescue, crews responded to a report of heavy smoke showing from the eves of a single-family home in the 700 block of Second Street shortly before 2:20 a.m. on Thursday.

Upon arrival, crews encountered heavy smoke and entered the home through the front door.

NMFR crews found a 77-year-old man and immediately removed him from the home. As crews continued suppression efforts, a 68-year-old woman was found. She was also removed and initial lifesaving efforts were taken.

The woman, identified as Mary Wolf, was transported to ThedaCare Hospital in Neenah where she was pronounced dead.

On Friday, authorities confirmed to WFRV Local 5 that the man, identified as Ronald Wolf, also died as a result of the fire.

Crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control and damage to the home was confined mainly to the first floor with smoke and heat damage throughout the structure.

Due to multiple deaths and with an abundance of caution, Neenah Menasha Fire Rescue says they requested a Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Deputy State Fire Marshal to respond to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Based on a full examination of the information collected, and pending receipt of contrary and/or additional information, the cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined by officials. They do not, however, believe any criminal activity was the cause of the fire or deaths.

No other details are available at this time.

Second person dies following Menasha house fire

FRIDAY 9/25/2020 11:14 a.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (WFRV) – A second person has died after a Thursday house fire in Menasha.

Authorities confirmed the update with WFRV Local 5 on Friday.

Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue was initially dispatched to the 700 block of Second Street for a structure fire shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Upon arrival, crews found one person dead. The second was transported to an area hospital. That person has since died.

No other information is available at this time as investigators continue to work on the scene.

Original Story: One dead, another hospitalized in Menasha house fire

THURSDAY 9/24/2020 4:22 p.m.

MENASHA, Wis. (WFRV) – One person is dead and another is hospitalized after a house fire in Menasha.

WFRV Local 5 crews are on scene in the 700 block of Second Street.

Authorities say crews were dispatched to the structure fire shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.

Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue says they will release more details on Friday.

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