4/11/17 – Fifteen people were injured overnight in a fire at the Lakecrest Apartments in Beaver Dam. Officials responded to the two-story, 24-unit complex at 104 Lakecrest Drive apartment 202 around 12:10am. Chief Alan Mannel says initial reports indicated that the fire originated in the kitchen area and five people were trapped in that apartment. When police officers initially arrived on scene, several people were found hanging out of windows on the second floor. Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor and made several ladder rescues. Once it was determined that all of the known rescues were completed, firefighters attacked the flames with three hose lines and quickly extinguished the blaze. Chief Mannel says they followed mass casualty protocols with 15 people treated in a triage area, of which seven were transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital. In addition, one firefighter was bitten by a dog he was rescuing. The cause of the fire is under routine investigation by the Beaver Dam Police and Fire departments. There is no damage estimate yet. Mannel says the fire was confined to apartment 202, however there was a considerable smoke damage throughout the building, which is considered uninhabitable. There are 24 families affected and the Red Cross is tending to the needs of those displaced. The scene was cleared after around three hours.