Condo fire in Oak Creek: Preliminary damage estimate at $1M; cause under investigation

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OAK CREEK — Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of an overnight fire Saturday, October 17th. The blaze destroyed not one, but 12 units within one condo complex on W. Aspen Drive in Oak Creek.

On Monday, October 19th, FOX6 News got an update on the investigation into this fire from Oak Creek Fire Chief Tom Rosandich.

Oak Creek fire

Oak Creek fire

We’re told the cause of the fire is still being investigated. Investigators are also trying to determine where in the condo complex the fire started.

Whether the complex can be repaired, will be a total loss, or will be condemned has yet to be determined.

The preliminary damage estimate is over $1 million — and that’s just to the building (not including the building’s contents).

We’re told two cats were found alive by firefighters in the rubble after the fire.

No one was injured.

Jean Baldwin tells FOX6 News she received a frantic call at 4:30 Saturday morning. She and her husband couldn’t believe what they saw when they arrived.

Oak Creek fire

Oak Creek fire

“I started crying. You just don’t expect the whole roof to be gone,” Baldwin said.

Several engine crews from Oak Creek, Caledonia, Wauwatosa and Franklin assisted in fighting this fire.

The Red Cross is helping victims with places to stay, food and clothing. This was one of 17 deployments by Red Cross volunteers since Friday, October 16th.

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The fire department hasn’t received an official count of the number of people who were displaced by this fire.

Oak Creek fire

Oak Creek fire