Multiple departments fighting apartment fire in Waunakee

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WAUNAKEE, Wis. (WMTV) Seven residents are displaced Monday night after a fire broke out in a Waunakee apartment building.

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The initial call for service was made at 7:24 Monday night. Dispatchers tell NBC15 News that upon arrival, firefighters could see thick black smoke coming from the apartment building in the 400 block of O'Malley Street.

Waunakee Fire Chief Dave Kopp said seven people were displaced due to the fire, which started in a bottom level apartment unit. Kopp said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross were both on scene to assist those who were displaced. In addition to Waunakee, Kopp said four other departments from Middleton, DeForest, Maple Bluff, and Sun Prairie responded to the fire.

"We had heavy smoke coming from the apartment unit," Kopp said. He said that crews had the fire out quickly.

Kopp said one firefighter sustained minor injuries, but everyone was evacuated from the building safely.

"We got everybody out," he said. "The assistant chief pulled the alarms because there were no alarms sounding. Pulled the alarms and we made sure that everybody was out. It's a 16 unit building, everybody was evacuated."

Kopp said that the unit where the fire started won't be habitable for some time due to damage. He also said there was a fatal fire at the apartment building five years ago.