CREATED May. 28, 2013
ALLOUEZ- Damage estimates for the Hilltop Place Apartment Fire in Allouez now top three-million dollars.
Investigators say it could be weeks before the 107 victims of last Thursday's blaze have any answers into what destroyed their home.
The scene has now been turned over to the building owner, but tenants still can't access their apartments as they wonder what's left inside and what caused the fire.
The Hilltop Place Apartments, still fenced off.
"We would like to be able to try and salvage some things," says Jennie Peterson
Frustrating for its tenants.
"Get an answer of when we can get inside," says Matt Kaster.
Right now that answer isn't coming.
"I could take one step in and just grab what he needed off of his coffee table."
For Cindy Maier, she wants answers as to what caused this 74 unit apartment complex her dad lived in, to burn down.
"I know that's not anybody's fault, it's just a circumstance that is awful," says Maier.
While residents continue to wait to salvage what's left of the apartment fire, the investigation continues as to why the fire even started, however the Green Bay Fire Department says that investigation could take a long time.
Four to six weeks they say.
A lot of people lived in the building, over a hundred. All of those people need to be interviewed. That takes a fair amount of time," says Lt. Nick Craig of the Green Bay Fire Department.
But also the possiblity of finding heavy equipment to get debris out of the apartment to investigate. the building is too dangerous to go inside.
"Putting the pieces of the puzzle together," says Craig.
To solve the cause of a fire that left more than one hundred people without a home.
We reached out to property management and did not receive a call back. The Green Bay Fire Department is teaming up with the State Fire Marshal's office and the Brown County Fire Investigation Task Force for the investigation.