THURSDAY 1/27/2021 5:43 a.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – One person was injured when they tried to evacuate the building that was on fire as crews were on the scene for about five hours.

According to the De Pere Fire Department, on Jan. 26 around 6:30 p.m., crews responded to 833 Ash Street for a reported fire. The building is a 2-story apartment complex with two units.

The De Pere Police Department confirmed that all four occupants evacuated, but one occupant was injured during the evacuation and was transported to a local hospital.

Officials say that the extremely cold temperatures made putting out the fire more difficult. Due to the cold temps, multiple fire units assisted in putting out the fire. The units include:

  • Lawrence
  • Hobart
  • Ashwaubenon
  • Morrison
  • Green Bay
  • Denmark

There were reportedly no firefighter injuries during the incident. Crews were on scene for about five hours.

The Brown County Fire Investigation Team is actively investigating the cause of the fire, and both units had extensive fire, smoke and water damage.

No further information was provided, Local 5 will continue to update this story.

UPDATE: Five impacted after fire at Ash St. in De Pere, cold temp hinders crew

WEDNESDAY 1/26/2022 10:00 p.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – A fire has impacted two local families and the bitter cold made it tough for firefighters to respond.

According to De Pere Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Jack Mlnarik, the fire started on the first floor of the building and flames seemed to reach up onto the walls and ceiling.

He explains the building had been remodeled several times, which he believes made the fire worse.

Fire personnel says there were people inside the building when the flames began and some did get injured during the evacuation.

In a tweet from the American Red Cross of Wisconsin, it says the fire was in a multi-unit residential building and they are “providing comfort & emergency aid to 5 people from 2 families.”

Chief Mlnarik says many first responders had to rotate positions in order to keep warm due to the frigid temperatures.

He goes on to say they are still actively putting out hotspots and the cause is still under investigation.

Original Story: First responders at Ash St. in De Pere

WEDNESDAY 1/26/2022 6:59 p.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – Multiple first responders are near the 800 block of Ash Street in De Pere for a fire.

As of 6:45 p.m., the area is active. There is no news on how many people are impacted or hurt.

A Local 5 photographer at the scene says the whole road of Ash St. is closed, as well as part of Eighth St.

The De Pere Police Dept., De Pere Fire Dept., Hobart Fire Dept., and Ashwaubenon Public Safety are some of the first responders at the location.

Local 5 will update this article when more information becomes available.