MILWAUKEE (WISN) — Seven people are homeless after an apartment fire Saturday night on Milwaukee’s east side.
The two-alarm fire broke out on the second and third floors of the building, which housed three apartments near Downer Avenue and Park Place after 7 p.m.
According to the Milwaukee Fire Department, nobody was hurt, but the landlord had to jump onto the balcony to escape.
Neighbors and witnesses were banging on windows Saturday night to alert the people inside to get out.
One cat died in this fire.
The people who lived in the building lost most of their belongings, and a reporter with our affiliate, WISN, was told the majority of them had no renters insurance.
One man said the fire started in an apartment next to his 2-year-old son’s bedroom. The child was not in there when it happened.
“He was ready to go to bed, and I can’t get that thought out of my mind. His bedroom is right where the fire started so I can’t, didn’t sleep last night,” said Eric Dewane, who escaped from the fire.
Milwaukee police are investigating how the fire started.