ALLOUEZ - Neighbors of a fire damaged apartment complex want to know when something will be done with the building.
Just more than a month ago, a fire destroyed Hilltop Apartments in Allouez. It displaced more than 100 people and caused more than $3 million in damage.
"It's an eyesore. You get a lot of people driving through here looking at this," explained Mike Moore of Allouez.
Mike Moore lives right next to the former Hilltop Apartments Complex. He says the fire was no doubt a tragedy.
But Moore says he's ready for something to get done.
"The problem is it's still standing. It does have an odor to it and especially when it rains, you can still smell the smoke. And as you can see, they're not really taking care of the property outside the fence area," Moore said.
Right now, a fence blocks anyone from entering the property. Security is also there 24/7 to keep an eye on the charred remnants.
"We're providing security around the property to protect not only the people from the dangers from the left over fire scene, but we're also protecting the property that's left behind the fire, such as personal property that can be salvaged," explained David Kirmsse, owner of National Security Investigations.
Officials with National Security Investigations say they were subcontracted by another security company that was hired by the property owner's insurance company.
However, they say they do not know when cleanup will start.
"We haven't been given an official timeline; however, the salvage process can be very slow and cumbersome," Kirmsse said.
The property management company for the apartment complex did not return our phone calls for comment.
Fire investigators were unable to determine what caused the blaze.
A relief fund was set up at North Shore Bank to help those displaced by the fire. Organizers say more than $26,600 in donations have come in.
Those funds are scheduled to be distributed to victims next Thursday at St. Matthew's Church in Allouez.
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