3/3/17 – Four people were injured after fire swept through a Beaver Dam apartment complex Thursday afternoon. Crews responded to 112 Lake Crest Drive around 12:30pm after call from an apartment resident. Captain Paul Hartl says upon arrival smoke and flames were visible from the upper and lower levels of the structure and trapped residents could be seen trying to escape from a window. Hartl says one woman was taken to safety from the second floor while another woman was rescued while scaling down the side of the building. Those injured were transported to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. Four units sustained major damage while the remaining apartments of the 24-unit complex suffered heat and smoke damage. All residents were evacuated and bussed initially to the Watermark Community and Senior Center before the Red Cross established a shelter at the Beaver Dam School District’s Don Smith Learning Academy on East Burnett Street. School District Liaison Officer Lisa Dake-Jones coordinated an effort to have any students who live in the apartment complex to be directed to the shelter. No word yet on the cause of the fire which remains under investigation by the Beaver Dam police and fire departments. Mutual assistance was provided by fire department from Clyman, Columbus, Fox Lake, Watertown, Hustisford, Lowell, Burnett, Waupun, Mayville and Horicon Fire and EMS along with Beaver Dam Utilities, Beaver Dam Department of Public Works, Beaver Dam Community Activities Department, the American Red Cross, and Alliant Energy.
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