Update: I thought, and feared, this was the case, but I do indeed know the Swansons. They go to my church. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
A bedroom fire caused significant damage Monday night to a home at 519 Elm St.
The homeowner was evaluated for smoke inhalation but was not taken to the hospital.
Here is a copy of the email I received from the South Milwaukee Fire Department:
Last night at approximately 9 PM we had a reported bedroom fire in the First District at 519 Elm in the First District. On the Fire Departments arrival we found fire coming out of the windows in a second floor bedroom. SM Police on the scene reported to us that all occupants were out of the house. Thanks to working smoke detectors which alerted the occupants, the fire was contained to the bedroom which breeched the ceiling into the attic space; the entire bedroom was gutted. The remainder of the house experienced significant smoke and water damage. Mr. Harold Swanson the male owner of the home was evaluated on the scene by Med 10 for smoke inhalation but did not get transported.
Cudahy, St. Francis, Oak Creek, and Greendale Fire Departments responded to assist us in our operations.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by our Fire Inspectors.
I’ll keep you posted if and when I learn more.