Apartment fire displaces residents

Residents of a 16-unit apartment building on North Highland Avenue were left temporarily homeless after an apartment fire in the building Tuesday.

The Plymouth Fire Department was dispatched to the fire in one of the buildings in the Berkshire Apartments complex in the 400 block of North Highland Avenue at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters, with the assistance of other area departments including Cascade and the town of Sheboygan Falls, were able to contain the fire to a single apartment and keep damage to a minimum.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Plymouth Police Department officers evacuated residents of all 16 of the apartments.

“A majority of those were able to find places to stay on their own,” Deputy Director of Public Safety Christopher Ringel said Wednesday.

Those who were not, about half a dozen or so people according to Ringel, were taken to Redeemer Lutheran Church on Eastern Avenue, where Red Cross officials coordinated efforts to find temporary shelter for them.

The fire remains under investigation, although it appears that it may have been electrical in nature.

Ringel said that until the electrical system in the building is checked out and restored to full and safe function, residents will not be able to return to the building.

Public safety officials thanked Johnson Bus Co. for providing transportation for the displaced victims as well as Redeemer Lutheran Church for offering the use of their facilities.

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