KENOSHA, Wisconsin. – Investigators are trying to locate a man who may have been inside the Kenosha Model Market fire on Wednesday January 5.
Forty-eight hours after the fire started, authorities were still at the scene on Friday combing through what little was left. Debris was in the front yard of a neighbor.
Viewer video showed firefighters trying to put out hell in the family grocery store from all angles. It had been around since 1919, said local resident George Matick; he was at the forefront of the devastation.
Fire in Kenosha near 54th Street and 23rd Avenue. (Courtesy of Mara Carper)
“It just got worse and worse. I saw the windows shatter,” said Matick.
It wasn’t long before the smoke blocked Matick’s view across the street. Investigators told FOX6 the building was a total loss. The owner of the Marketplace told FOX6 off-camera that the teams are now looking for a body.
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Natalie Edwards, 10, stopped by the Model Market every day with her father. What remains of the historic building near 54th Street and 24th Avenue is now covered with a thick layer of ice.
“I just can’t believe it’s gone,” said Edwards.
Scene at the Friday morning model market.
The Red Cross is helping four people who lived in two apartments above the store, whose houses were destroyed by the fire. Police and fire departments are investigating the possibility of arson being to blame, but have so far not determined the cause or origin.
Authorities said there were no other injuries known to the public or firefighters. They continue to investigate.
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This continues to be an investigation by the Kenosha Fire Department; However, we are working closely with the Kenosha Police Department fire investigators as we proceed. There were no other known injuries to the public or fire department personnel.
Both departments are aware of the speculations circulating that this fire is the result of arson. This is only speculation at the moment.