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Allouez apartment fire investigation taking longer than expected

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Firefighters battle an apartment complex fire at 3415 Hilltop Way in Allouez on May 23. 2013. (Photo taken by Reporter Terry Lee).
Firefighters battle an apartment complex fire at 3415 Hilltop Way in Allouez on May 23. 2013. (Photo taken by Reporter Terry Lee).

ALLOUEZ, WI (WTAQ) - We're learning that the investigation into the cause of a massive Allouez apartment fire will take longer than expected.

Green Bay Metro Fire Lt. Nick Craig tells 1360/97.5 WTAQ that it will be at least another two weeks before they can look at a key area.

"They will use heavy equipment to pull out the section of the building, the basement area where they believe the fire started and put it on the lawn," says Craig. "Hopefully we'll find something that will lead us to the cause or at least the exact location of the fire."

After that, it may be another few weeks before what may be found can be turned into that potential final piece of the puzzle.

"It all depends on what the investigators find," says Craig. "If they find something they think caused the fire, then that 'something' whatever it may be will have to be looked at by a professional to determine if it did cause it. If they find something in the area that did cause it, it may be a bit more cut and dried. But we won't know until we're there."

That is apparently up to the property owner's insurance company, who controls the scene.

"We don't have a legal right to be there unless we're invited, and the insurance company has graciously invited us back to assist in the investigation," says Craig.

Craig adds they're anxious to find out what may have sparked the massive six-alarm blaze.

The Hilltop Place Apartment fire, at 3415 Hilltop Way on May 23, caused over $3 million in damage and displaced about 100 residents.

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