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Officials await report on tragic Menomonie fire

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Fire officials in Menomonie are waiting for a ruling from the state fire marshal, before saying what caused Saturday's blaze that killed three University of Wisconsin-Stout students.

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However, Menomonie Police Chief Dennis Beety says it was, "a horrific and tragic accident."

The fire took place at a two-story structure at 1415 8th St. E., and was called in at approximately 3:37 a.m.

It killed Scott Hams, 23, Hayward; April Englund, 21, West St. Paul, Minn.; and Amanda Rief, 20, Chaska, Minn.

Englund lived in the building, but the others were sleeping over after her roommates had left town.

Neighbors who heard smoke alarms called 911. The fire marshal investigated the blaze along with the Menomonie fire and police departments.

Fire officials say the smoke alarms were still going off when they arrived.

Fire battalion chief Denny Klass says the state's report is due out soon. It might take a month to get the victims' toxicology reports back from the State Crime Lab.

UW-Stout Communications Department contributed to this story.

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