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Police Chief: 3 Confess to Arson in Iron River Fire

Updated: 04/06/2014 10:39 PM
Created: 04/06/2014 9:12 PM WDIO.com
By: Emily Haavik
ehaavik@wdio.com

Iron River police say three juveniles have confessed to arson after the warming house for the community ice rink burned down.

Police Chief Scot Eisenhauer said they responded to a call of a fire at the warming shelter for the community ice rink at 5:11 p.m. in Iron River, Wis. The ice rink is Iron River property. It is right next to the elementary school.

Eisenhauer said damages are estimated at $50,000 and the building was a total loss.

Firefighters from multiple agencies were on scene until 9 p.m. No one was injured, but a Brule firefighter suffered from smoke inhalation and exhaustion.

Eisenhauer said thanks to a tip from community members, they found three juveniles who confessed to the arson. He said they are currently in human services custody.

Fire officials told Eisenhauer that deep snow made it difficult for firefighters.

Firefighters from Iron River, Brule, Mason and Port Wing assisted. Iron River Police Department and ambulance were also on scene.

There was a Zamboni and a truck in the shelter, both of which Eisenhauer said are salvageable.

Vana LesLee Photography

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