Updated January 24, 2021 – The people who died in the Saxony Manor apartment fire were identified as Jeanine Black (68), Paul Neil (72), and Diane Wood (80).
An apartment fire at Saxony Manor killed three people and injured several others in Kenosha, Wisc. When firefighters arrived at Saxony Manor apartments, which houses low-income seniors, the entire building was filled with toxic smoke and consumed by flames. Fire crews used ladder trucks to rescue two residents trapped in upper-level units. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to contain the blaze.
After searching the building, fire crews found two people dead, one of whom appeared to have died from a medical event. A third adult died later at a hospital. Several other people were taken to local hospitals for injuries suffered in the apartment fire, including a police officer who was treated for smoke inhalation.
Residents in the building were evacuated and kept warm in Kenosha Transit buses. One resident told WISN News that she “looked at the building and saw a lot of black smoke around the windows.” She told local reporters that she still does not know which of her neighbors died and described the community as being “very good neighbors around here.”
Saxony Manor is a 16-unit apartment building that provides housing for income-eligible seniors. The apartment building located at 1870 22nd Ave is run by Mercy Housing, which is an affordable housing non-profit organization. A representative for Mercy Housing said the organization is working with authorities on the investigation.
Fire investigators are working to determine the official cause of the apartment fire.
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