Beaver Dam officials: Everything in place for apartment burning

Authorities investigate a fatal explosion at an apartment building in Beaver Dam March 5, 2018. (Photo courtesy WMTV-TV)

BEAVER DAM (WLUK) -- At this time, there are no known links to terrorism regarding the investigation into a deadly apartment explosion last week, Beaver Dam police chief, John Kreuziger said.

Officials gave an update Monday, one week after the explosion.

With plans to burn Building 109 down later this week, officials say they still do not know what kind of chemicals caused the deadly explosion that killed a man and caused more than 30 people to find new homes.

"They don't know what it is; we can't comment what they think it is, but it's volatile. It's unstable and we've been advised to allow nobody in the building," said Beaver Dam fire chief, Alan Mannel.

The name of the man who died is still not being released until a positive identification can be made.

"We have to be 100 percent sure and we have to make sure we have identified this person, until then, we cannot make any correlation at this time between the deceased and whether or not he is the actual renter of that apartment," explained Chief Kreuziger.

Flight and drone restrictions as well as road closures are in place in the area of the burn Wednesday, starting at 9:00 a.m.

"We anticipate opening roads sometime in the evening. We cannot give you an exact time when roads open. We'll post it in the Beaver Dam Police social media," Mannel said.

Residents living in nearby apartments will be asked to leave their homes for the day while Building 109 is being burned down.

Officials say while they will try to protect nearby apartments during the burn, they are still recommending residents take their important belongings with them in case something goes wrong.

"Plan at this time is to light the building at both ends and let it burn in the middle. There will be no suppression efforts on the building that we're burning; we have been advised to let it burn as hot and as long as possible. It is heat that degrades the explosive materials," said Mannel.

Last week, specialists detonated the Building 109.

According to officials, 15 families have been displaced by the explosion. Each family has been assigned a team with the Dodge County Human Services and Public Health to help them through this time. They are also being supported by St. Vincent DePaul, Salvation Army, American Red Cross and other local organizations.

An account for monetary donations has been set up for displaced residents at Dodge County Horicon Banks.

As of 11:00 a.m. Monday $4,444 has been donated, officials say.

Any non-monetary donations can be taken to St. Vincent DePaul on Dodge Drive or the American National Bank in Dodge County.

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