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The fire is believed to have started in the hallway between the restaurant and tavern by a malfunctioning baseboard heater. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Baseboard heater likely cause of fire

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A faulty electrical baseboard heater is being looked at as the cause of the December fire that destroyed much of the Whitetail Tavern on Highway 34.


And owner Mike Erickson said he's still not sure if the restaurant and tavern will be rebuilt. It will all depend on the insurance company, he said.

A baseboard heater in the hallway between the tavern and Velvet Antler Restaurant may have had wiring problems, investigators have preliminarily determined.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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