(Beaver Dam) Some residents of a Beaver Dam apartment building were displaced following a weekend fire. Crews responded to 121 Knaup Drive Sunday night at 10:18pm and upon arrival found residents evacuating, though no signs of smoke or fire.
Fire Chief Michael Wesle says dark, black smoke was later found coming from apartment 302 on the third floor. Entry was made and hose lines were quickly deployed to extinguish the flames and contain the fire to that apartment. Crews remained on scene just under three hours to make sure fire was completely extinguished and to ventilate the building.
All residents on the third floor were displaced due to smoke and/or water damage. The Red Cross is assisting with temporary housing. No civilians or fire personnel were injured. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
Wesle credited the importance of having a sprinkler system in a multi-family apartment in limiting the spread of the fire. The chief also notes the importance of keeping doors, including bedroom doors, closed to help control a fire.