Apartment Fire Leads Community Members to Check on Displaced Residents

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An apartment fire on Green Bay’s west side has left some people without a home tonight.

The apartment complex on Fisk street has 24 units. 

As of tonight eight of them are a total loss.

The investigation into what started the fire is still ongoing, but the community is glad everyone made it out safely.

The fire happened quickly according to one witness who saw the fire from start to finish.

Fire departments from Green Bay, Howard, Suamico and De Pere all battled the flames for a couple of hours.

Many people stopped by to see what was happening, but were also concerned.

“I just dropped off a coworker and I saw smoke and I told my fiancĂ©, lets drive over there make sure everybody’s okay,” says passerby Michael Stangel.

“I actually work with elderly people so it’s just one of those natural things and of course I was just a nosy person as I was driving by,” says Katrina Kolpien.

A resident of the burning apartment building caught Katrina’s attention.

“I pulled off into the parking lot, one of the women that lives in the complex has been out here very distraught,” says Kolpien.  “It seems like a lot of elderly people in there.”

That older woman stayed under the care of a police officer while firefighters continued to put out flames.

And while some are looking for somewhere to stay, everyone was evacuated safely.

The Red Cross is helping residents find places to stay.

The young woman Katrina who I spoke to for this story reached out to Local 5 to tell us she was able to contact the elderly woman’s daughter in Milwaukee.

She is on her way to make arrangements for her mother.
 

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