Beaver Dam residents displaced by explosion get some mementos back before fire

Residents of the Beaver Dam apartment complex burned to the ground by authorities Thursday were able to salvage precious mementos.

FBI agents went into the building on Wednesday evening and took residents asked them to look for. 

Kathy Hagen was in the building when the first explosion happened last week and was hoping to get family pictures, and important documents. She got more than that back. Agents had found her family pictures, important documents, baby blankets and her children’s letterman jackets.

“I think part of that is what got me through today, knowing that at the end of the day we were going to be finding out what we got saved,” said Hagen. 

Hagen and others from building 109 watched as the rest of their belongings went up in smoke Thursday.

"It was very surreal, we were watching for that first waft of smoke,” Hagen said. 

She watched as the fire spread through the building to her unit on the far end.

“We still lost a lot, I mean we have to deal with that over time,” she said. 

The residents of building 109 were refunded their March rent and given back their security deposit. Hagen says she plans to move back into the Village Glen Apartments when a unit opens up later this month. 

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