No working smoke detectors: 9 displaced by fire at barbershop, rooming house near Forest Home & Muskego

MILWAUKEE -- No one was hurt when a building housing a barbershop and rooming house caught fire early Monday, January 2nd near Forest Home and Muskego in Milwaukee. Nine people were displaced as a result of this fire.

As Chuck Heinz watched FOX6 WakeUP News on Monday morning, January 2nd, he heard about a fire near Forest Home and Muskego.

"I heard 'fire,' and I heard 'Forest Home and Muskego' and I was like 'oh no! I hope it's not my building!' That's when I Googled it. I didn't waste any time. I Googled it right away because I was like aww. As soon as I saw my bilding was alright, I sighed some relief, I'll tell you that much," Heinz said.

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

But then Heinz realized the flames were next door.

"We are still investigating specifically what the cause was, but the origin appears to be near an air conditioning unit," MFD Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski said.

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

Just after 1:30 a.m., officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department responded to the building which houses Legends Barbershop on the first floor with a rooming house above.

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

"We had no working smoke detectors, and I count nine people that were displaced. Milwaukee firefighters made entry and evacuated those people safely," Deputy Chief Lipski said.

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

The building itself suffered significant damage.

"Nearly $900,000 in damage, building-wide," Lipski said.

FOX6 News spoke with a resident of the rooming house who said everyone was OK. He said the fire seemed small to him, which was surprising considering the damage estimate.

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

While MFD officials said nine people were displaced, Red Cross officials said they assisted 10 residents, but one needed to be contacted after leaving the scene -- which may have contributed to the discrepancy.

1 Comment

  • 2017willbebetter

    How can there not be working smoke detectors? If you are renting don’t count on the landlord or law to protect you. You can pick one or more up at almost any store for $5. $5! you can spare that to save you and your loved ones lives. Step up for yourself instead of relying on someone else.

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