Yesterday May 10th at 3:36 PM, Manitowoc Police as well as Manitowoc Fire were sent to 1325 N. 8th Street for a fire at the Parkview Haven apartment complex. This is a 90 unit complex which currently had one unit vacant according to maintenance staff.
Upon arrival smoke was exiting a third floor apartment. Fire crews battled the fire and were able to keep it mostly contained to this third floor apartment; however there was significant damage to the area between the ceiling of the apartment and the trusses leading to the roof above that apartment.
Tennent’s of the apartment complex were evacuated and were transported to cabin one in nearby Lincoln Park by Manitowoc Metro Transit bus as well as Brandt Bus. Cabin one was used as a reunification center until everyone could be accounted for. Approximately 50 of the approximately 88 displaced residents were housed in the Harbor Town Hotel last night while others stayed with relatives or friends.
Once the Fire Department was able to gain control of the fire, a female victim (identity or age not being released at this time) was located in the apartment where the fire originated.
Manitowoc Police Detectives at the scene last night were assisted by members of the Fire Marshalls from DCI (Department of Criminal Investigations) with the investigation. They are resuming their investigation today and will likely conclude this investigation in the apartment complex later today. The scene will continue to be held by the Manitowoc Police Department until autopsy results are returned. It is unknown when exactly those results will be available. The victim’s identity will not be released until after the results are back and family has been notified of the results.
The Manitowoc Fire Department was assisted by the local area Fire Departments of Silver Creek, Branch, Newton, Rockwood, Mishicot and Two Rivers. The apartment complex sustained water, heat and smoke damage to the third floor as well as water and smoke damage to the first and second floors.
The Manitowoc Fire Department, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross as well as other local agencies continue to work with and assist the displaced residents of the building.