From South Milwaukee Fire Chief Joe Knitter …
At approximately 11:45AM today, SMFD received a 9-1-1 call reporting smoke coming from the attic of the residence attached to Island Jam Restaurant, 2705 South Chicago Avenue. Upon arrival, light to moderate smoke was witnessed issuing from the roof vents. Crews made their way to the second floor and found moderate smoke conditions and, subsequently, into the attic through a scuttle located in a bedroom closet and discovered fire burning the ceiling joists and insulation in an area approximately 8’ in diameter. The fire was contained to that area. Electrical power was shut down to the entire building and WE Energies was notified to respond. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
While cleaning up from that fire, we were dispatched to the City of Cudahy for a working fire in the attic of a single-story home on Underwood Avenue. SMFD crews made their way into the attic and conducted final extinguishment and overhaul operations. No one was injured in either fire.
Then, just as we returned from Cudahy, we responded to Franciscan Villa for smoke coming from the Mechanical Room. Upon arrival, crews found a burned out pump motor on a hydronic heat unit. Thankfully, no evacuation was necessary and the smoke was contained to the basement and ventilated.
Thank you to all of our firefighters for putting their lives on the line to keep us safe!