CREATED May. 24, 2013
ALLOUEZ- Investigators searching for the cause of this massive blaze in allouez. The fire destroyed the hilltop place apartments yesterday and left 107 people without a home. Today fire crews were pumping tens of thousands of gallons of water out of the basement where the fire started.
There were seventy four apartments total here at the hilltop place complex. Only four had renters insurance. Now people who lost everything are faced with the question of what to do next.
After a fire destroyed the hilltop place apartment complex....
"Things that are gone, that we can't replace."
People who called this home come back today.
"Nothings left, everythings gone."
And ask themselves where do they go now.
"Starting over, brand new."
Thousands of dollars in belongings were lost in every apartment. Renters insurance an afterthought....
"Went to college for four years and lived in five different places. And never had it. Didn't see the need until now."
While insurance is required for driving a car or owning a home, it is optional for renting.
John Allen with State Farm says, insurance only costs 10 dollars a month.
"Some people feel like they don't need insurance. I hear people say stuff like i don't own very much or i'm just renting."
For Amanda Ploeckelmann, seeing her apartment torn apart changes her mind.
"Knowing what we can't get back now, i definitely say yes."
But for many renters, instead of wondering how to replace their possessions.
"Can only go up from here obviously."
They look at starting over.
"I just have to keep the faith that things are going to get better."
And move on with their lives.