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KEWASKUM -- Fire tore through a Kewaskum apartment building Friday night, February 10th leaving several families devastated -- not all dwellers were able to make it out safely.

Kewaskum apartment fire

Kewaskum apartment fire

A snippet of the scene was able to be captured on video before Linda Beugge and her grandchildren had to evacuate.

"It was bad. It kept burning and burning especially through the roof and we just watched it spread," said Beugge, neighbor.


Kewaskum apartment fire

The apartment building next door to Beugge's home in the area of Western Avenue & Braatz Drive, just after 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Broken glass and charred windows, a lot of the damage was to the northeastern side of the building. Detectives say the fire started in a bedroom of an upper unit.


Kewaskum apartment fire

"The resident of unit seven was alerted because she heard popping and then she went to the back bedroom and she saw flames," said Detective Hope Demler, Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The smoke alarms were working and Kewaskum police, along with members of the Kewaskum Fire Department with at least six other agencies, arrived and attempted to stop the fire in that home but it spread.

"Total loss. The other apartments excessive smoke and water damage," said Detective Demler.

"I just hope everybody is OK," said Beugge.

Linda Beugge

Linda Beugge

The American Red Cross stepped in to help several families affected. Ten adults and five children needed shelter and immediate needs. They were safe, but some of their cats did not survive.

"The most emotional part was the renter losing their pets," said Demler.

Saturday morning, a fire investigator from the Washington County Sheriff's Office was on scene to investigate the nature and cause of the blase. In the meantime, neighbors pray the victims find a way to recover.


Kewaskum apartment fire

"I just hope their lives can get back to normal. It's just sad," said Beugge.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.


  • Denise

    Should probably do an investigation on the landlord who is unreachable and doing NOTHING to help those who have lost their homes. It’s just terrible.

  • john

    landlord new there were problems with the building,electrical…he didnt care, alot of there pets were lost..,thank god they all made it out..landlord should be held responsable..

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