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Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions responded to an apartment fire at 4020 North Main Street at 8:11 p.m. Update: Matt McGuire, fire investigator for the Caledonia Fire Department, said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

However, they do know the fire was not intentionally set or criminal in nature. The investigation is centered around identifying the exact cause of the fire, McGuire said.

“We do know that the fire most likely started in the attic because the people that lived there reported that it started in the attic and several first responders confirmed that,” McQuire said.

The estimated damage to the property is $175,000 and $100,000 to the property belonging to the residents that lived at the apartment building.

Original story: Residents from at least four apartment units were displaced from their homes after a fire ripped through the attic area at 8:11 p.m. Sunday.

Personnel from a number of area fire departments put out the structure fire at an apartment complex at 4042 Main St., according to battalion chief Dale Rozina, of the Caledonia Fire Department.

No one was injured, but at least four apartments were damaged and there may be more apartments affected, Rozina said.

Firefighters from Racine, South Shore and Caledonia initially responded to the scene.

“By the time we got here, there was heavy smoke showing from the attic area and people were self-evacuating,” Rozina said. “Flames could also be seen. We had the fire under control for a while, but then there was a flair up.”

At about 9:10 p.m.a mutual aid box alarm was pulled, which meant firefighters from Oak Creek, Wind Lake, Somers, Union Grove, Franklin and Raymond had personnel on the scene. Firefighters from Pleasant Prairie and Tichigan are also covering personnel at other fire stations.

At 9:50 p.m., officials with the Caledonia Fire Department struck out the mutual aid box alarm and all departments, except Oak Creek, could leave the scene and return to their quarters.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Personnel from the Red Cross were on scene helping the displaced residents.




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