West Allis Police officials release new information in fatal fire

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57th and Lapham fire (Photo Courtesy Keith Zingler)

WEST ALLIS (WITI) — West Allis Police officials on Thursday, March 21st released additional details following a fatal fire at a duplex near 57th and Lapham that occurred on Sunday, March 17th.

Police say the official cause of the fire remains “undetermined.” Police say officials have not found any evidence that would indicate the fire was an intentional act.

Additionally, the cause of death for 14-year-old Michael Gonzales and 14-year-old Isaiha Kobow has been determined to be: carbon monoxide intoxication and thermal injury. The manner of death is “accidental.”

13-year-old Joel Gonzales was able to rescue his four-year-old brother from the blaze — and the two were treated at the hospital.

Officials have said there were no adults home at the time of the fire.

Following this tragedy, the community is coming together to help two families still grieving the loss of their loved ones.

Additionally, funds have been set up to help both families pay funeral expenses. The benefit for Michael Gonzales is at any Tri-City National Bank location. The Isaiha Kobow fund is at any Landmark Credit Union.

Funeral services have been finalized for Michael Gonzales. A visitation is planned for Sunday, March 24th from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. — and funeral services will follow.

Gonzales will be buried on Monday at Good Hope Cemetery.