$50K Raised For Building 109

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel says the 11-day ordeal at the Village Glen Apartments was by far the biggest incident he has been involved in during his 40-year career. Mannel, and his counterpart on the police department, gave the common council an update Monday night on the explosion that claimed one life before the volatile homemade chemicals were detonated and the whole 16-unit apartment complex was intentionally burned to the ground. Mannel and Police Chief John Kreuziger took a moment to thank all of the local officials who helped in the effort and detailed how proud they are of the personnel in their respective departments. Kreuziger also noted all of the inter-agency cooperation local authorities received from the state and federal level in saying a lot of tough decisions had to made and debated with experts from across the country. The chiefs also said Monday night that a lot of money has been raised for the victims displaced by the controlled burn of Village Glen apartment building 109. To date over $50-thousand dollars has been collected. That includes $20-thousand from this past weekend during a bowling fundraiser sponsored by the Beaver Dam Professional Firefighters Charities; the non-profit put up $5000 of its own money. Horicon Bank locations in Dodge County continue to accept cash donations.