'Heartbroken when I heard:' Vigil held for those killed in fire at Kenosha senior living complex

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KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- We are continuing to follow a deadly fire at the Saxony Manor senior living apartments.

There is extensive damage and three people are dead.

Fire officials are still working to find the cause.

All day Wednesday, people have driven past the building, stopping to look at the damage.

Then there are those who are picking up items for family members. Everyone is still in shock. 

"I just keep seeing those poor people, and they said the smoke was so thick you couldn't see down the hallway," said resident Diana Dubanski. 

Dubanski is one of many who lives at the Saxony Major apartments senior living complex.

"I can't go there right now, they don't know how long it's going to be," she said. 

It caught fire Monday night, Jan. 17. Now she's staying with a friend across the street. 

"My apartment is on this side in the back, so it got a lot of smoke damage," Dubanski said. 

Three people died -- one suffered a medical event and the other two died due to the fire. 

A few Kenosha police officers helped people get out before the fire department pulled up on the scene.

"If it wasn't for the policemen who got here first, probably would've been a lot of more people who died," said Judith Camron.

Camron knew two of the victims, especially the one who owned a dog just like hers.

"I knew the two ladies because the other lady had a dog that was friends with this one, and I was heartbroken when I heard she died."

These apartment buildings are old and do not have sprinklers, something Camron says should have been added a long time ago.

"We need it. Even if it is an electrical fire, whatever, we need sprinklers. These places are old, they go up like paper. I couldn't believe how fast that went up."

The fire department says this is still an active investigation.

A vigil was held Wednesday night in Kenosha for those who lost their lives. 

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