LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Severe damage is reported after a fire at an apartment building on the south side of La Crosse Monday afternoon.
The La Crosse Fire Department was called to 3020 S. 22nd Street for a fire in one of the apartments.
No one was injured, but some tenants said the adrenaline is still high. "It's still like 'woo',” tenant and Western Technical College student Sebastian Worthon said.
The fire left behind a lot of damage as well. “Severe damage at this point, lot of fire damage. There's going to be a lot of water damage and smoke, mostly on the second story apartments,” La Crosse Fire Department Division Chief Jeff Murphy said. “It came out into the entry ways. The door was left open, moved out into the exit area for all the other apartments. So when we arrived, there was fire on most of the walkway.”
Worthon said he had just gotten home from school just before the fire had started. “My heart dropped through my shoes. I was like 'oh man',” Worthon said.
Worthon also said he helped get “four or five” tenants get out of the complex. “I just go to knocking on doors, you know what I'm saying? Just telling everyone to get out,” Worthon said. “All the neighbors chipped in and did what they could. We had another guy run upstairs and risk his life but got a couple of neighbors out in the end. It was a real dangerous situation.”
Worthon said he is just thankful everyone got out safely. “Trying to do what you can to survive,” Worthon said.
Worthon said he will stay with family and friends while he searches for a new apartment, but assured that all that really matters right now is that everyone is safe.
La Crosse Fire Department said they won't be able to determine a cause for “some time”, as the fire is currently under investigation.
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