Monday, 10 December, 2018

Specialists detonate chemicals in fatal Beaver Dam apartment explosion

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Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 20:52

On Wednesday, Officials in Dodge County met with the residents who were sent out of their homes Monday after an explosion inside an apartment that killed a man.

"They wouldn't let us get them out of the apartment". They were there to witness the detonation. Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation, the Dane County Bomb Squad and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been at the scene.

The man's body was removed from the building Tuesday night. He has yet to be positively identified. Explosive items were found in the garage he was renting as well as the apartment.

Police Chief John Kreuziger said Wednesday's detonation eliminated "the threatening explosive material". Authorities said police would be at risk moving them out, leading to the controlled detonation.

A blast blew out the windows in unit 11 at 109 Knaup Drive around 1 p.m. Monday and led to evacuation of the buildings in and near the Village Glen apartments.

Once the detonation happened, a fireball was sent through the apartment building - and visibly rocked the rest of the building.

Public Works Department personnel were boarding up windows adjacent to the area where the detonation will occur. The police chief said that some tenants were able to begin returning to their apartments Wednesday and others likely would return today.

Nancy Baisden was one of about 80 who learned they'd be able to sleep in their own beds once again.

"I had to plead with the officer yesterday to get my dog out", said Dianne Carr. "That's the first thing, you know with all the stuff going on out there, I though they were going to die".

"I have faith that they're doing everything they can to make everyone safe", he said.

No one from Building #109, where Monday's explosion happened, have been allowed to return at this point. Charges were placed in and around the effected apartment. He has been described as someone who moved to the area a couple of months ago to rent the apartment.

The FBI and ATF are investigating. It is believed the explosion on Monday was accidental.

Truck beds loaded with cats arrived at a Beaver Dam community center making plenty of noise. Donations can be made at any Horicon Bank in Dodge County, addressed to the Dodge County COAD/Beaver Dam Apartments. The funds will be for the 109 Knaup Dr. Apartment Residents ONLY.

Kreuziger said there will be a town hall meeting on Wednesday night for the residents impacted by the apartment explosion.