It was a busy Saturday for area fire departments, including a blaze in downtown South Milwaukee tonight.
More on the South Milwaukee fire from Fire Chief Joe Knitter …
At approximately 5:23 this evening, SMFD units responded to a report of flames coming from the roof of a building at 10th & Milwaukee near Parkway Floral. As units exited the station, they could see a column of smoke rising into the sky from the area. A Working Still response was requested by Capt. Sibley, bringing in our mutual aid neighbors. Upon arrival of SMFD units, flames and heavy smoke could be seen coming from the roof area. An interior size up showed fire involving the siding materials and wood framing of an light/air shaft located between the west wall of the building at 1003 Milwaukee Avenue and the east wall of the building that houses the Board Game Barrister. Hoselines were stretched into the apartment that the shaft served and the fire was extinguished. A hoseline was also taken to the roof via our aerial ladder to extinguish some areas where the fire had extended. Once again, our crews did an excellent job deploying the hoselines and controlling/extinguishing the fire in a very short time. The light/air shaft was heavily damaged with moderate damage to the adjoining apartment and the attic area directly about the involved apartment. Two families were displaced and the Red Cross was notified for their services. The fire is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported.
And more on an Oak Creek fire early Saturday morning …
At 4:13 this morning, SMFD Truck 1671 and Chief 16 responded to the City of Oak Creek for a report of a fire in a residential building. OCFD units encountered significant fire involvement of the attic of the building upon their arrival and, after assuring that all occupants were accounted for, assumed a defensive fire attack. Truck 1671 was positioned on the C/D corner and provided their aerial stream and eventually went to the interior to conduct a thorough search and extinguish hot spots. The fire was escalated to a MABAS Box Alarm bringing in units from throughout Milwaukee County. No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.
There was also an apartment fire in Cudahy on Friday.
Thank you to our firefighters for their 24/7 commitment to keeping us safe … and please keep the families displaced by these fires in your thoughts and prayers.
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