2 children trapped, found dead in structure fire on Milwaukee’s northwest side

MILWAUKEE -- Two small children are dead after being trapped inside a structure fire on Milwaukee's northwest side early Sunday, September 24th. The incident is now being investigated by the state fire marshal among other agencies.

2 children die in fire at building on Milwaukee's northwest side

"When I say heavy fire I mean the entire unit was full of fire, our companies made an aggressive attack as soon as they got on scene," said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Smith.

Officials say two children were killed in the two-alarm fire near Swan and Allyn. The children have been identified as a two-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy.

20 firefighters and volunteers with the American Red Cross responded scene a little after 5:15 a.m.

2 children die in fire at building on Milwaukee's northwest side

Loved ones arrived on the scene heartbroken over the look.

2 children die in fire at building on Milwaukee's northwest side

One woman who lives next door to the victims said she is among several neighbors that tried to get people out of their homes.

"I came out running with my son and we knocked on the doors of our neighbors to wake them up and tell them to get out," said the woman.

She remembers the victims and their parents who she said were new to the neighborhood.

2 children die in fire at building on Milwaukee's northwest side

City inspectors boarded up the unit by Sunday afternoon. It is believed to be a total loss. It is not yet known whether there were any working smoke detectors in the building.