State investigators looking into deadly Manitowoc apartment fire

The scene of a fire at Park View Haven Apartments in Manitowoc, May 10, 2017. (WLUK/Doug Ritchay)

Updated information we received at 3 a.m. Thursday:

The Manitowoc fire chief sent out a news release:

Officials say the initial call was that a door was on fire on the third floor.

When firefighters arrived, a third floor apartment was on fire.

One person was found dead in that apartment.

Two other tenants were taken to the hospital for evaluation. We don't know if those tenants were inside the apartment where the victim was found.

The Salvation Army provided temporary shelter to about 50 people.

Several fire departments helped battle the fire.

The Manitowoc Police Department and the State Marshal's Office is investigating.


MANITOWOC (WLUK) -- One person died in a fire at an apartment complex in Manitowoc.

It broke out shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday at Parkview Haven on N. 8th Street.

Fire officials needed to break windows to get excess smoke out of the building.

Fire officials say the amount of smoke made it difficult to fight this fire.

"You have to ventilate. You'll notice that there's some ventilation. We ended up opening up some windows in order to get that smoke through, so it was important to get the occupants out. This is an unsprinklered building; that creates a greater challenge for us," said Manitowoc fire chief, Todd Blaser.

Authorities are not giving out any information on the person who died.

Fire officials say the fire originated in one of the units, but did not say how it started.

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