"The result of the fire," explained Chief Eric Dunning, Ashwaubenon Public Safety. "We ended up with approximately 12 units displaced for the night, probably long term, looking at the extent of the damages."
"I was sleeping and all of a sudden I hear 'open your door'," said Chelsey Roath.
Roath lives on the second floor.
"So I looked and I have a patio and all I saw was just brightness and smoke," she described.
Roath said neighbors helped her and her two cats get out of the building. Then all she could do was watch.
"Most of us got in our cars because the fire trucks had arrived and you were just kind of forced to watch your home, your sanctuary, go up in flames," she said.
Officials said the cause is still under investigation.
"Somewhere on the third floor of the structure," said Chief Dunning. "the source of the fire started there and went on the outside of the building and went up in the attic area."
Roath is now staying with friends, waiting to hear if she has anything left to go home to.
"I just remember everything smelling really bad and it was wet and there was ash everywhere and there was a hole in my ceiling and I could see upstairs," she added. "Everyone got out okay and I guess that's all you can hope for, right?"
The Red Cross was on scene to help those displaced. They say everyone impacted is now staying with family or friends.