From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …
At approx.. 4:57pm, SMFD Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of a fire in a house in the 1700 blk. of Rawson Avenue. Due to the description of the fire provided by the caller, mutual aid was immediately called and Oak Creek, St. Francis, and Cudahy responded. Greendale also responded with a paramedic unit to standby at our station and Milwaukee provided both an engine (special called due to another ongoing EMS call in SM) and a paramedic unit to the scene.
The caller for the house fire stated he did not know for sure what was on fire, but that there were flames in the bedroom in the rear of the house. SMFD and SMPD units arrived to find a small, single-family residence with smoke issuing from the building. The sole occupant was out of the building and reported no other occupants. Fire crews advanced a hoseline into the house, conducted a primary search to confirm that there were no other occupants and extinguished the fire while another crew cut a hole in the roof to ventilate the heat, gases, and smoke out.
Damage to the interior of the structure was extensive. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by SMPD and SMFD personnel.