Beaver Dam holds fundraiser for victims of apartment blast and fire

NOW: Beaver Dam holds fundraiser for victims of apartment blast and fire

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (CBS 58) -- It's been nearly two weeks since an explosion in Beaver Dam killed one man and dangerous chemicals forced officials to burn the entire apartment building. Now the community is coming together to support those that lost everything they owned.

A bank account has already been set up to help the residents of Building 109, but on Saturday there were multiple fundraiser to add to that total.

Firefighters matched the first $5,000 donated, but donations rose above that number just a half hour into the fundraiser.

"I went to high school with some of the tenants that lived there. We worked out at the Anytime Fitness gym in Beaver Dam," said Brianna North. "I can't imagine. I was trying to think of what I would take from my own home."

Firefighter and paramedic Nicholas Guthery put the event together, "It's one of those things that really hits home when you're the one seeing this apartment structure burn to the ground."

After seeing so many of people's belongings go up in flames Guthery wanted to give back, "I would be devastated myself if I lost all my personal belongings. I don't know what I'd do. That's why we stepped up and threw on this event so we can get them some money to start back up and get on their feet."

If you didn't know about Saturday's event or couldn't attend you can still donate to a fund at Horizon Bank.

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