FOX47 NEWS - Fire Damages Apartment Building

Jeff Angileri
Mar 15, 2009, 7:54 PM

One person is injured, and several more are homeless after fire damages an apartment building near Lake Waubesa.

The fire started just before 1 p.m. Sunday at Lake Waubesa Bible Camp.

Firefighters say a 14-year-old who was mishandling fire materials started the fire.

A fire began. They tried to stop it, couldn't. It got a little out of control, said camp program director Dawn Kregness.

Seven fire departments arrived on scene to put the fire out.

We had fire thru the roof and coming out the front of the building, said McFarland firefighter Scott Westphal.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze pretty quickly -- under seven minutes -- according to Westphal.

We have one family displaced, he said. We also have one person transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Three other people who lived in the building were able to escape uninjured.

A grassy area next to the home also caught fire. Firefighters used a mixture of water and compressed foam to extinguish it. Windy conditions could have spread the fire to adjacent buildings.

The fire department estimated the damage at $150,000.

The one apartment is pretty much a total loss on the inside. But the other apartment looks pretty good -- just some smoke damage, Kregness said.

Three families live on the campgrounds year-round, according to Kregness, and hundreds of kids visit each summer.

None of the spots where kids stay have been damaged or affected, she said. So, camp will happen just like it was going to.

The fire department refereed the case to Dane County for possible negligence charges. Meantime, the American Red Cross is working to feed, clothe, and provide a temporary home for those displaced by the fire.


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