Controlled burn of Beaver Dam apartment delayed due to wind, officials say

BEAVER DAM, Wis. - A controlled burn of an apartment building where an explosion killed one person on March 5 has been pushed back to Thursday.

Beaver Dam Emergency Operations Center officials confirmed to News 3 the controlled burn at Village Glen Apartments has been rescheduled for Thursday due to high winds expected Wednesday, when the burn was originally expected to occur.



Beaver Dam officials, with the help of the FBI, will be destroying the apartment building at 109 Knaup Drive Thursday. Officials said the building has to be taken down because volatile chemicals have become embedded in the walls. 

Fifteen families will be displaced from their homes and lose all of their belongings in the fire.

Beaver Dam Fire Chief Allen Manned said federal agents have recommended that officials let the fire burn as hot and as long as possible. There will be no attempts to put out the fire in the apartment building, only to contain the fire to the designated area, according to Manned. 

Beaver Dam police have released few details about the man found dead inside the apartment after the initial explosion, and no motive has been released.

Officials also have not explained what type of chemicals or explosives were in the complex that caused them to initially hold a controlled detonation

Five additional apartment buildings -- 16 units each -- will be evacuated Thursday. Officials asked that they take all of their pets, valuables and paperwork with them during the evacuation. 

Clothes and other donations are being collected at St. Vincent De Paul Society Thrift Store and American National Bank for the 15 families.

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