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Allouez apartment fire victims begin rebuilding with donations from community


ALLOUEZ, WI (WTAQ) - Victims of last Thursday’s Hilltop Place Apartment fire in Allouez are getting some help from the community.

There has been an outpouring of support with donations of clothing, furniture, cooking items, toys and other household items.  Green Bay Metro Fire stations have told folks to stop bringing in donations.

More than 100 people were displaced and they were given their first opportunity to start rebuilding their lives Tuesday. 

A vacant convent building at St. Mathews Parish in Allouez was established as a central location for fire victims to pick up supplies.

Amy Rouse and her three kids were victims of the fire.  She says it’s been tough battling emotions while keeping it together. 

“You have to remain strong" Rouse said, "I think as a mother you do have to grieve, but I have been grieving on my own time and just trying to make sure my kids get through the day and keep positive for them.”

A handful of victims didn't want to talk, but did want to thank the community for their support and generosity.

Dozens of fire victims were greeted at the door by volunteers who picked up a box and followed them around carrying items they needed. 

Some victims expressed frustration in getting back into the building to search for anything that can be salvaged.  Victims should contact the landlord on how to proceed.