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Residents start picking up the pieces after apartment fire

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As flames ripped through the structure, residents rushed out.

"It was a matter of 15 minutes, the whole place was gone," said Mike Sebert.

Firefighters quickly got to work on the fire.

"Approximately 30 minutes later, the fire was called under control," said Wausau Deputy Chief Phil Rentmeester.

The fire spread through this apartment building at the Tamarack Heights apartment complex.

It caused $300,000 in damage, leaving charred bits of people's lives behind.

"We just started crying, because there's nothing, nothing left," said Sebert.

Mike Sebert lived in that building and now he said he is just trying to figure out what's next.

"We came to the Salvation Army to see what kind of help they can give us," said Sebert.

Those organizations are lending a hand, helping the residents find their next step.

"You know, what is it that they need, and to start making those recovery plans and start making those connections," said Red Cross Director Lora Hainey.

Officials said they're still investigating the cause of the fire, now they're considering a wood burner in one of the units.

"We use the physical evidence on the fire scene, we also use testimony from people that were involved in the fire," said Rentmeester.

As residents pick up the pieces of a place they once called home.

"We were in number eight, where we lost everything," said Sebert.

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