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Two people, including one firefighter, injured in Green Bay apartment fire

Posted at 11:43 PM, Sep 05, 2023
  • Two people including a firefighter were injured in a fire at the August Manor Apartments on Tuesday night
  • Firefighters said 35 people have been displaced
  • The video above shows what's next for one tenant and what neighbors are saying


GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — A fire at the August Manor Apartments in Green Bay on Tuesday night has left many without a home.

"I'm just ready to see what's going on, see if I can get some stuff in the house at least," Lavondra Klyce said, a tenant.

Klyce's apartment complex is now surrounded by a fence.

Windows and doors are boarded up, and a condemned sign is duct taped to the front door of the building.

Klyce said she ran through her first-floor window to get out during the fire.

"I got my leg cut a little bit because of the glass," Klyce said. "I was too scared to go through the door. All I seen was black."

"The scene was pretty chaotic off the bat," Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lt. Nick Craig said. "There were people that were trapped in their apartments because the hallway was fully charged with smoke. So, our firefighters had to get five or more people out through second-story windows via ladders."

"It was real bad out here," Timia McKinstry said, a neighbor. "All neighbors came out. Everybody wanted to know what was happening."

McKinstry said she and her neighbors were there for each other.

"It's real scary," McKinstry said. "I have friends living in the building. I wanted to make sure they were OK. That's why I came outside real fast."

She said many neighbors were outside until about 1 a.m.

"Long night," McKinstry said. "Didn't sleep so well."

Firefighters battle an apartment fire in the 1800 block of August Street. Fire officials said the fire injured two people including a firefighter, and 35 people were displaced.

Green Bay Metro Fire officials said two people were injured in the fire, including a firefighter.

Lt. Craig said the fire started in the basement area. The cause is under investigation.

He said 35 people are displaced but nobody died.

"Had those smoke alarms not been there and working, there would've been a significant delay, and possibly the outcome, not what it was."

Klyce said she's staying with her mom close by for now.

"I'm happy of that," Klyce said.

All she has at the moment is some clothes and her mom's slippers.

But despite that and a couple cuts on her leg, Klyce said she's OK.

"I'm just wishing the best for me and everybody else," Klyce said.

Lt. Craig said the fire resulted in $250,000 in damages.

ORIGINAL REPORTING: A firefighter and a civilian were injured in an apartment fire in Green Bay on Tuesday night, according to Green Bay Metro Fire Department Chief Matthew Knott.

Knott tells NBC 26 the firefighter was treated and released for smoke inhalation.

Knott said the fire was at a 24-unit apartment building on 1830 August St. He said the Red Cross is on scene helping approximately 35 people and are opening an emergency shelter for the night.

Knott said numerous rescues were made from the second floor using ground ladders and interior stairwells.

The Green Bay Police Department, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, and Wisconsin Public Service also responded to the scene.

This is a developing story and will be updated when we receive more information.