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UPDATE: Authorities to intentionally burn Beaver Dam site of explosion

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Authorities plan to burn the building where an explosion happened inside an apartment in Beaver Dam.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, officials said the apartment building in Village Glen Apartments complex will be intentionally ignited around 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14. It was determined to be a total loss last week, days after an explosion that killed a man in an apartment. Officials say this is the best way to handle the unknown of what they're dealing with in that building. 

Authorities are calling for a mandatory evacuation for the nearest buildings, including buildings 103, 105, 107, 111 and 113 in the complex, along with Prairie Ridge and Keystone Manor. 

A traffic perimeter will be set up at 9 a.m. Wednesday ahead of the burn, to keep people out of the area. Businesses nearby will not be accessible. 

Roads in the area will be closed Wednesday to keep the public and business owners nearby safe and away from the burn site. Authorities recommend all windows and doors should be closed during the burn. 


BEAVER DAM (WKOW) -- Authorities in Dodge County have scheduled another meeting for people impacted by an explosion in an apartment earlier this week.

Officials will meet with residents of the Village Glen Apartments Sunday at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Harvest Evangelical Free Church on Highway 33 in Beaver Dam. The city will also host a meeting for other members of the public and the media at the same time at the City Council Chambers on Lincoln Avenue. Authorities will discuss a planned render safe operation. 

All residents and business owners in the area of the apartment complex are encouraged to attend the meeting at the church, including those on on Knaup Drive and N. Spring Street from Woodland to Industrial and Industrial east to, but not including, Highway 151. 

Officials are still accepting donations to help those who have been displaced by the explosion that killed a man Monday. The money raised will be distributed to residents of apartment building 109, where the explosion happened. Donations can be made at any Dodge County Horicon Bank location to the account Dodge County COAD/Beaver Dam Apartments. Any non-monetary donations can go to St. Vincent DePaul or American National Bank. 

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