Tenants from seven units of an eight-unit apartment building have been displaced following an electrical fire that happened at 11:56 p.m. Tuesday at 314 10th St.

Capt. Mark Villalpando, of the Racine Fire Department, said the tenants should be allowed to return to their homes within the next day or two, except the tenant living where the fire happened.

Fire in the walls

The girlfriend of one of the tenants woke up to a crackling sound coming from the walls of her boyfriend’s apartment. She called 911 and the two warned the other tenants of the fire. Because of their actions, all the tenants were able to get out of the apartment safely, according to a press release by the Racine Fire Department.

When fire and rescue personnel responded they did not see smoke, but they did find heat damage on one of the walls in the apartment. When the firefighters removed the plaster from the wall and ceiling, they found the fire and were able to put it out within a few minutes.

Some tenants to return

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it started in the second floor apartment and had spread to the attic.

Because We Energies recommended that the natural gas line should not be turned back on, all the tenants had to be placed in temporary housing. The Red Cross helped those who did not have a place to go in finding a place.

The fire damage is estimated at $10,000 for the structure and $2,500 for contents.

Looking for information about fire safety? Check out the National Fire Protection Association for tips.




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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.