Fire destroys Sheboygan Falls apartment building

Posted at 4:05 PM, Aug 10, 2016

SHEBOYGAN FALLS -- Fire forced eight families from their homes in Sheboygan Falls Wednesday afternoon.  Despite the loss, we spoke with a few who tell us they feel fortunate because it could've been worse.

It was late morning.  Mostly everyone was gone for the day, but we spoke with a young man and a young woman who got out the door late and missed the fire by just minutes.

Christian Lorier has lived in the Timber Springs apartments on Happy Lane for two years. He woke up Wednesday and decided to get a quick haircut. Gone for just 40 minutes, Lorier returned to find the building where he lives up in flames.

“And driving down the highway I could see some smoke coming up and I could definitely tell there was something in the area that I lived by.  It was pretty bad. You know you could tell it was pretty bad," said Lorier.

Lorier said he feels "very lucky I guess, yeah, very lucky. Luckily I was not in the upper part of the apartment complex then because it could’ve been scary.”

Lorier's neighbor Janelle Schirmer is also feeling fortunate. Just 20 minutes after she left home, a neighbor called to tell her that her apartment was on fire.

“I dropped everything and got here as fast as I could. I couldn’t get down the road. So I had to park my car and I ran the rest of the way to get as close as I could," said Shirmer.

No injuries were reported to anyone living here, but we're told a cat was killed.  The Red Cross is now assisting those who are homeless. There's no word yet how this fire started.