From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …
At approximately 5:55PM this evening, SMFD responded to a 911 call of a garage on fire located at the intersection of Harrison Place and Marshall Avenue. Upon their arrival, SMFD encountered a fully involved detached garage located to the rear of 2435 Harrison Place. Radiant heat from the fire melted siding on the nearby house, a neighboring garage, and started a vehicle parked in the street on fire. The heat also started a nearby tree on fire and caused the overhead electrical wires to drop to the ground and begin arcing. Firefighters quickly deployed a hoseline and assumed a defensive attack, protecting the nearby house and garage from further damage. A 2nd line was pulled to protect the neighbor’s house and garage. The fire was quickly knocked down and extensive overhaul was completed. Assistant was rec’d from the Cudahy and Oak Creek Fire Departments. The St. Francis and the 128th ANG Fire Departments responded to the scene but were released shortly after the fire was knocked down. The garage and its’ contents are a total loss. Among the contents was a 1967 Plymouth GTX currently undergoing restoration. No injuries were reported and the fire is currently under investigation by Investigators from both the South Milwaukee Fire and Police Departments.
The fire is not suspicious in nature, according to Fire Chief Joe Knitter.
Thanks to all of the firefighters who responded to this blaze. It sounds like it could have been much worse.