(Beaver Dam) Just a month after an explosion rocked the Village Glen Apartments, a second tragedy struck a nearby apartment complex. An April 7th fire claimed two lives at the former Executive Apartments and took fire crews over seven hours to extinguish. While the Beaver Dam Fire Department handled all on scene developments, the police department took on investigative responsibilities after the fact.
Chief John Kreuziger says while the apartment’s insurance company reported that the blaze started from a stove top fire, he notes that just weeks ago lab work was still being conducted along with evidence collection. He says the case is still under investigation and that law enforcement does not like to commit to a cause so quickly.
Kreuziger says their investigation is not disagreeing with the insurance company’s findings but they still have several leads to follow up on. On WBEV’s Community Comment, Kreuziger said he has never seen a fire with so much smoke and added that all responding agencies worked hard to keep people safe.
He also credits the assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation along with the work of Detective Corey Johnson who has a large amount of experience and training with fires. Kreuziger says keeping a detective fully trained to handle such matters has been a big asset.