RHINELANDER - Piles of clutter in a Rhinelander basement helped fuel a big house fire this afternoon.
The home is on Carr Street, just off Lincoln Street.
Fire departments were called around one o' clock this afternoon to fight the fire.
"The fire started in the basement. The basement is full of debris, clutter. We could not make our way into the basement because of everything that's down there. We couldn't advance to the scene of the fire. Therefore, the fire advanced to the first and second floors," said Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams.
One person was in the house, but got out with minor injuries.
People in Rhinelander could see the smoke from many parts of the city.
The fire department isn't yet sure what caused the fire.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander needs new businesses to fill empty stores downtown.
This past weekend 26 properties had an open house. It was organized by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) and Flanders Reality Group. Finding the right home for a business can be hard. But the event tried to help those on the hunt.
"This way, you know, your here, you look, your able to talk to someone who knows the property. And you can really make a really good decision right now today," said Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - In Vilas County the courts have a new option for treating drug and alcohol offenders, instead of putting them behind bars.
Today the new Wellness Court was named in Lac du Flambeau. Circuit court judge Neal Neilsen and Tribal Court Judge Gary Smith will work together to help those involved with drugs and alcohol get the treatment they need.
"A traditional court would, more than likely sentence the person to jail or prison, and we've seen studies where that just doesn't work anymore. We need to get creative," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chief Judge, Gary Smith.
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