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“We allowed the situation to diffuse:” MFD Station 13 reopens after shots fired at building

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Fire Department Station 13 reopened Wednesday morning, February 22nd after a least six gunshots were fired into the building on Friday, February 17th.

The station is located near 30th and Locust on Milwaukee's north side.

Milwaukee Fire Station 13

Milwaukee Fire Station 13

"Engine 13 is the busiest engine company in the state. They do an incredible amount of good for this community," said Dan Lipski, Milwaukee Fire Department battalion chief.

The station reopened Wednesday, but remnants from Friday's shooting remained. Gashes could be seen on the exterior walls of the building after someone fired at least six shots at the station while four firefighters were inside.

"One did go through the window into a book case. The bullet fragment ended up on the floor," said Lipski.

Gunshots fired at Fire Station 13, Milwaukee

Gunshots fired at Fire Station 13, Milwaukee

MFD officials said they believe that whoever fired that gun was standing somewhere at 30th and Locust with the gun pointed towards the south side of the building, which is where the firefighter's day room is.

Gunshots fired at Fire Station 13, Milwaukee

Gunshots fired at Fire Station 13, Milwaukee

"The scary part in all of this is, had the members been in that area of the building at the time, it could have been a much greater tragedy than it actually was," said Lipski.

MFD officials determined it was safe to reopen Station 13 on Wednesday.

"We allowed the situation to diffuse," said Lipski.

Counseling was made available to firefighters and they worked temporarily out of another nearby firehouse.

"Anything that hinders our service is a disservice to the person who is waiting for our help," said Lipski.

Milwaukee Fire Station 13

Milwaukee Fire Station 13

So far, no one is in custody in connection with this shots fired incident.

MFD officials said they do not have any reason to believe the fire house, a firefighter, or the Milwaukee Fire Department was the intended target.

Officials said a safety plan was discussed should this happen again.

3 comments

  • GHOST OF CHIEF BRIER

    Kind of an odd statement from the Chief….”We allowed the situation to diffuse”. How? By leaving. I find it sad that a Mayor and Police Chief can’t even protect Firefighters. Almost as bad as having to board up the windows at the District Station along Fondulac Ave. during the “Uprising”. Yeah right, uprising.

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