More than 40 units at River Place Apartments in Brown Deer lie empty after a fire caused extreme damage, leaving an entire building unsafe to come home to. Late Saturday afternoon, the flames caused the roof to collapse. Smoke and water damaged much of the complex, and a suspected lightning strike knocked out power and more than 100 residents were displaced. The chief of the North Shore Fire Rescue Battalion called the entire building uninhabitable. 12 News that they did not hear the smoke alarms go off. No one was hurt, but dozens needed shelter Saturday night, so the American Red Cross stepped in to house displaced residents of Brown Deer Elementary School, and that supplemented meals and hygiene needs. here for anyone who needs it. Early in the week, we’ll start to know the broader needs, the long-term needs, for those people displaced by a really scary fire,” said Justin Kern, director of communications for American Red Cross Wisconsin. On Sunday afternoon, River Place Apartments management told WISN 12 News that the building was still uninhabitable. They hope to come up with a plan on Monday to determine when people can go home.

More than 40 units of River Place Apartments in Brown Deer lie empty after a fire caused extreme damage, leaving an entire building unsafe to come home to.

Late Saturday afternoon flames caused the roof to collapse.

Smoke and water damaged much of the complex, and a suspected lightning strike knocked out power and more than 100 residents were displaced.

The North Shore Fire Rescue Battalion Chief called the entire building uninhabitable.

Everyone inside the building was able to evacuate safely, although many people at the scene on Sunday told WISN 12 News they did not hear the smoke alarms going off.

No one was injured, but dozens of people needed shelter Saturday night. The American Red Cross has therefore stepped in to house the displaced residents of Brown Deer Elementary School, and are supplementing meals and hygiene needs.

“The shelter is going to be open here on a short-term basis for anyone who needs it. At the beginning of the week we will start to know the broader needs, the long-term needs, for these people who have been displaced by a really scary situation. – watch the fire,” said Justin Kern, director of communications for the American Red Cross of Wisconsin.

On Sunday afternoon, River Place Apartments management told WISN 12 News that the building was still uninhabitable.

They hope to come up with a plan on Monday to determine when people can go home.

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