One dead after apartment fire in Plymouth's downtown

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SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE: Police identified the victim as Tammy Aschenbach, 46.


Police say investigators have discovered the body of an adult following an apartment fire in Plymouth.

A woman was reported missing after the blaze, but police say they have not positively identified the remains at this time.

Plymouth Police identified the missing woman as 46-year-old Tammy L. Aschenbach.

"It's a terrible tragedy for our community, for the downtown, and for all the families that are involved," said Jackie Pottratz, President of Downtown Plymouth Association.

The American Red Cross tweeted Thursday that volunteers were meeting with families. "Tears, shock and relief being shared," reads the tweet.

The fire broke out at approximately 1 a.m. at a two-story, six-unit apartment building at 408 E. Mill Street in downtown Plymouth. Police officers tried to get inside the building but had to retreat due to heavy smoke.

Police said Acshenbach escaped the building, but she did not know whether or not her children had escaped. She went back into the burning building. Aschenbach has been missing since that time.

Police said the children had escaped and they are safe.

Two residents of the apartment building were transported to a hospital for minor smoke inhalation.

It took more than 100 firefighters from 22 departments to put out the fire. Crews had to pump water from the river.

Every department in Sheboygan County responded to the scene, as well as crews from Fond du Lac County.

Authorities said they were concerned the fire could spread to other buildings.

"The historical buildings in the downtown district are very old and pose challenges and hazards for the firefighters," reads a statement from Plymouth Police.

Crews battled the fire for about six hours.

Local investigators are assisting the State Fire Marshal.

The American Red Cross says it has teams supporting families impacted by the fire.

"We'll all pull together and we'll help all those people as best we can, and we'll help the businesses if we can, you know have some events to try to help them financially get back on their feet." Pottratz says.

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