Update: Boy Taken To Hospital In Downtown Apartment Fire

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A boy suffered burns to his fingers in Thursday afternoon’s apartment fire at 1231 Milwaukee Ave.

Here is the update from South Milwaukee Fire Chief Joe Knitter …

At approximately 2:50PM, SMFD received a call from SMPD Dispatch of a cell phone call from the apartment building at 1231 Milwaukee Avenue reporting a fire in an apartment.  Upon arrival of SMFD units, SMPD officers were evacuating the residents and reported one juvenile male with burns to the fingertips of both hands.  This patient was treated at the scene and transported to St. Luke’s – South Shore Hospital by ambulance for further treatment.  SMFD units gained access to the 2nd floor and encountered heavy smoke conditions and a well-involved fire in one apartment, extending to the common hallway and attic area.  Extra assistance was immediately requested from our mutual aid partners and additional units arrived and were put to work. One apartment towards the rear of the building suffered extensive damage with heavy smoke damage to most of the second floor and minor water damage to the first floor apartment and business.  The fire was kept from extending into the attic.  The origin of the fire appears to be in the 2nd floor apartment with the cause still under investigation.  All of the occupants were accounted for and the Red Cross Disaster Team was on the scene providing them with assistance.  The Building Inspector was requested to the scene as overall damage to the 2nd floor is extensive.  No other injuries were reported.

h/t South Milwaukee Fire Department for the photos

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  1. Thank you for the information, Erik. Thank God no one was seriously hurt.

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