grease fire is to blame for severely damaging a 16
unit apartment building on the La Crosse's southside
It happened around three this afternoon at an apartment
building on three thousand block of south 22nd street
on La Crosse's south side.
The fire started in an apartment on the second floor.
and quickly spread to nearby apartments.
Crews were on scene within minutes of the call.
but the fire was already growing.
and spreading fast.
We had to hit the exterior with fire immediately because
we were unable to get into the apartment without doing
some defensive firefighting first, then the crews
were able to get into the apartment, into the neighboring
apartments and get it out.
No injuries have been reported.
thanks in part to the quick actions of a neighbor.
News 8's Mark Mcpherson tells us how in a time when
things were heating up.
a near by resident was cool under presure.
what keeps a bad situation from becoming a tragedy.
is the quick thinking of people nearby.
That was the case with today's fire.
When a neighbor across the street saw flames.
he didn't hesitate to act.
I'm still shaking, it's been a couple hours.
KERT GROTH NEVER THOUGHT HIS EASY MONDAY AFTERNOON
WOULD TURN INTO A RACE AGAINST TIME.
We kinda looked at each other like, is this really
GROTH WAS AT HIS HOME ON 22nd STREET WHEN HE SMELLED
SMOKE, AND SAW FLAMES SHOOTING FROM THE APARTMENT
ACROSS THE STREET.
OTHER NEIGHBORS CALLED 9-1-1.
GROTH SPRUNG INTO ACTION.
I just started at this door and pounded and yelled
fire and ran as quick as I could to get as many as
I could out.
GROTH WAS PART OF THE WAY THROUGH WHEN HE NOTICED
A MAN AND HIS YOUNG SON STUCK ON THE SECOND FLOOR.
We had him kick the board out, hand the baby down.
As a father he did a big thing today too, cause I
remember him looking at me and saying, 'Are you sure
you got my baby?'
EVERYONE MADE IT OUT UNHARMED.
ALTHOUGH SOME HAVE A LOT OF CLEAN UP AHEAD.
IT WAS A DAY HE'LL NEVER FORGET.
It's just a normal day, a beautiful day, just how
it can change so quickly.
The fire department says control of the building has
been turned back over to the owner.
It will be up to the owner to decide when residents
can go back inside.
19 adults and two children were living the apartment
The red cross was on scene today.
and are working on getting food and housing for the
They help fire victims all the time.
but the large number of residents this time makes
it a little more complicated.
Right now we're kind of seeing where everybody is
at, if they do have a place to stay, we're probably
going to look at maybe 15 different hotel rooms.
If you would like to help those impacted by the fire
you can contact the Red Cross at 608 7-8-8-1-0-0-0.