DENMARK, Wis. (WTAQ) - One person is dead, 15 residents are displaced following an apartment building fire in Denmark Friday.
The blaze broke out a little before 6 a.m. in the 400 block of North Wall Street. That's across from the community's high school.
Fire officials say the two-story, 8 unit apartment complex is a total loss. The Brown County Medical Examiner's office says the victim is 80-year-old Leon LeClair.
"He would go to food pantries and get food and then all eight units in the building he would weed through it then make boxes for other people and stick it in front of their doors," Jay Jones, a friend of LeClair's, told FOX 11. "He was very generous."
Michelle Duescher woke up Friday morning to the sound of shouting. "I woke up to people yelling and alarms going off," Duescher tells FOX 11. "And then I just saw the place was on fire."
Brown County's Fire Investigation Task Force coordinator Brad Mueller suggests early indications are the fire was accidental, but the investigation is ongoing and could take several weeks before making a final determination.
19 people in a neighboring apartment building were temporarily displaced. The heat in their building has been turned back on and they will be allowed to return Friday afternoon.
Besides the destroyed apartment complex, a number of vehicles behind the building were also damaged in the blaze.
People displaced by the fire were taken across the street to Denmark High School and were given any essentials they may need.
Denmark Schools Superintendent Tony Klaubauf says school in the entire district was canceled for the day.