Officials said a fire at a Waunakee apartment building Wednesday killed a resident, injured another and caused $100,000 in damage.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday morning that the person killed in the fire was a 56-year-old woman who lived in the 16-unit building. The woman’s identity was expected to be released after an autopsy Thursday.
Crews had responded to 410 O’Malley St. for a lifeline alert at 8:06 p.m. and found the building engulfed in flames, officials said. All residents were evacuated to the Waunakee fire station, about five blocks from the fire scene.
Apartment resident Linda Lane, 65, was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, sheriff spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said.
Dave Roudebush, who lives across the street from where the fire took place, said he heard about the fire from his sister Wednesday night and when he got to his front window he saw smoke billowing out.
"I watched it all night and it's a shame, nice people that lived over there," Roudebush said.
About a dozen people who lived in the building could not return overnight and stayed with family or at a motel provided by a local church, according to the report.
Msgr. James Gunn, a pastor at St. John the Baptist Church, said when he heard about the fire he was worried about the tenants because most of them are elderly or handicapped.
"One of the concerns was medication and getting people's things they would really need for the day and night," Gunn said.
Gunn said another pastor from Peace Lutheran Church joined him in comforting residents at the fire station.
Schaffer said the apartment where the fire originated was destroyed and several other units were damaged by smoke. Investigators said damage the building was estimated at about $100,000.
The investigation is ongoing and a cause of the blaze was not yet available, Schaffer said.
Officials told News 3 Wednesday that the blaze may have started in the kitchen.