“I have nothing:” Woman and her 4 children left homeless after fire destroys house

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MILWAUKEE --  A mother and her four children are left with nothing after their house caught fire. The Milwaukee Fire Department was called to the house near 8th and Hayes in Milwaukee on the morning of Sunday, August 28.

S 8th St. and and W. Hayes

S 8th St. and and W. Hayes

Victoria Wherry said Sunday she couldn't look at her home without getting emotional.

"Right now, I have nothing. I'm down to zero. I got nothing. My kids don't got nothing," said Wherry.

It was the place she and her four children called home until recently.


"I had to board the house up to even live here and I got tired of being boarded up into one room, so I haven't been here for three weeks," explained Wherry.

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department said the city condemned the house. After that, the family bounced between friends' houses and shelters. They left their belongings behind.

S 8th St. and W. Hayes Ave.

S 8th St. and W. Hayes Ave.

"I have nothing. No food. No clothes. Everything had been burnt in the fire. I have nothing," said Wherry.

Wherry got a call around 7:30 on the morning of Sunday, August 28, saying her house was on fire. It appears to have started in the upstairs.

S 8th St. and and W. Hayes

S 8th St. and and W. Hayes

"Right now, I'm devastated with four kids on the street. What am I to do? I don't know what I'm to do," said Wherry.

MFD officials said the estimated damage to the home is around $149,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


  • confused

    No insurance? Renter’s is about 100$ for a YEAR-that’s 10$ a month. Home owners is about 400-700 depending on what you want for coverage. Insurance is one of the needs not wants. I go without a number of wants so I can have what I need for myself and my family.

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