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Hilltop Place Apartment fire investigation picks up again Monday


ALLOUEZ, WI (WTAQ) - The investigation into the cause of a massive Allouez apartment fire is picking up steam Monday.

"We have a team of investigators taking a second look at the building and then start dismantling the building piece by piece with heavy equipment," says Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lt. Nick Craig. "The hope here today is to get into the basement, they believe the fire did start in the basement and they will examine every piece of equipment that's down there and any potential cause of fire."

Craig says they will focus on the area near the chimney, but it may move to other heavily-burned parts of the building.

It could take up to a few days to go through the wreckage and try to positively identify the cause, as between 30 and 35 people look on.

"Everyone from fire investigators to legal representatives, insurance companies, anyone who has touched the building," said Craig.

At the end of this step, Craig says they could be back where they started.

"Unfortunately we could still be at that state of we don't know for sure what caused it," said Craig. "And if we don't know without a doubt what caused this fire, and the event that led up to it, we have to put it down as undetermined."

The fire back on May 23 caused more than $3 million in damage and put over 100 people out of a home.