A fire had started at the
The UW-Whitewater public relations student rushed back to
Martin searched frantically for his family and found them sitting in an ambulance with blankets given to them by UW-W students.
His fiancee's apartment was considered an "unaffected area," he said, but power and utilities had been shut off for the whole complex. Residents were not allowed to return.
Martin said he was "livid." Where was his family supposed to stay?
A little before
"In the midst of such a tragic moment," Martin said, "the amount of beauty and care on display, it was captivating."
"Sarell is such a wonderful person," Disrude said. "It put some things at ease for him. I was trying to imagine what it would be like to be in his position last night, and it made this decision pretty easy."
The fire displaced more than 200 residents of the
The apartment building was still closed Thursday. However, the
Uselding said the fire blocked a stairwell, forcing some residents to jump out of second-story windows. Still, he said there were no major injuries to residents or firefighters. He said one person suffered smoke inhalation.
Uselding said fire crews were on the scene for about four hours Wednesday.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office, according to the release.
Uselding said the apartment building was not required to have sprinklers, but buildings constructed after 2011 are. If the apartments are rebuilt, they will have to have sprinklers, he said.
Two other UW-W students displaced by the fire have found housing at
Behling said 19 people stayed with the
"Last night, we were providing food, comfort, medications, a shoulder to lean on," Behling said.
She said the
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