Apartment fire in Janesville leaves tenants displaced

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -- More than 20 people are displaced after an apartment complex caught fire in Janesville.

Fire officials said the fire started outside on the upper balcony of the apartment complex on the 2800 block of Holiday Drive. Crews responded in four minutes but it took an hour to put the fire out.

Officials said they responded to a call around 3:30 p.m. about an apartment fire. Fire Officials said there was fire damage to four of the 12 apartment units. The other units had water and smoke damage. When crews arrived on scene, the fire already reached the attic.

"Hopefully by later tonight we can let the residents go get their stuff. Everyone is displaced here," Ronald Bomkamp,
Janesville Fire Department Battalion Chief said. "Red Cross is on scene helping by giving rehab and water for firefighters on scene."

Officials said none of the residents were injured, but one firefighter was sent to the hospital with a cut to his hand. The cause of the fire is an ongoing investigation.

"My mom lives right around the corner. She heard the sirens and stopped and ran over here and heard the big flame coming out," Tyler Spencer, Janesville resident said. "She saw everyone running out the building, and it was a scramble."

Janesville Fire Department was on the scene. Officials confirm 13 agencies total were on scene of the fire. Holiday Drive was closed between North Pontiac and Carrousel Lane.

This is a developing story. We will post updates as information becomes available.