MILWAUKEE -- Just after midnight on Sunday, January 1st, fire tore through a home near 10th and Hadley. A family of nine barely escaped.
"I heard a big 'boom.' The flames kept going bigger and bigger. I heard people screaming," a neighbor said.
Cries for help echoed as a family of nine tried to escape the fire.
"I kept hearing someone say 'open the door. I can`t get out. My mama in the house upstairs,'" a neighbor said.
Family members did what they could to get themselves and each other out safely. Fire officials said one person jumped from a window.
A mother and father were hurt while trying to get out -- suffering non-life threatening injuries. Their 18-month-old child was taken to a hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation. Their six other children escaped the fire without injury.
"The kids were all here on my floor, on my couch. They didn't have no clothes -- nothing. The baby was cold and shaking. The twins were shaking. Everyone was so cold. It's so sad," a neighbor said.
The investigation into the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The house is a total loss.
"It's just a tragedy to lose everything. I'm thankful everyone is OK," a neighbor said.
The Red Cross is assisting the family displaced by this fire.
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