1 person dead in Waukesha house fire near University and Minot

NOW: 1 person dead in Waukesha house fire near University and Minot

Updated: 7:01 p.m. September 26, 2019

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Investigators are looking into what caused an early morning fire in Waukesha that left one person dead. It happened at a home on University Drive.

The victim who died in the fire was home alone at the time. Fire crews say it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

"I heard a lot of sirens and fire trucks going by in our area, and I thought okay, what's going on," said Lisa Siem, who lives nearby.

After getting several 911 calls, fire crews responded to this house on S. University near Minot Lane just after 5 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, they were met with flames and heavy smoke. 

"Within eight minutes, they were able to knock down the fire, and unfortunately, that's where they end up locating the decedent," said Dan Baumann, Captain of Police.

The close-knit community is saddened by the loss. Family members of the victim are visibly distraught, but they leaned on one another for support.

Crews say they'll be here for the family as they continue to mourn. 

"We're gonna walk this journey with them. This is a grieving journey, this is a journey where we're gonna find the answers to how this started so they can survive and continue with their grieving process."

At this time, the victim has not been identified. Fire investigators, along with the ATF, are looking into the cause.


Updated: 11:17 a.m. September 26, 2019 

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) – One person is dead following a house fire that happened on South University Drive in Waukesha Thursday morning, September 26. 

Waukesha police and fire were called to the scene just after 5 a.m. 

According to police, firefighters were met with an active fire and heavy smoke from the single-family home. The blaze was extinguished and the victim was located within eight minutes, police say. 

The police department is working with the medical examiner's office to determine a cause of death and the identity of the victim. 

"Our hearts go out to the family for the loss of their family member," the Waukesha Police Department said in a news release. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 


Posted: 8:31 a.m. September 26, 2019 

One person is dead following a house fire Thursday morning in Waukesha.

The fire was reported around 5 a.m. near University and Minot.

No other details are available at this time.

Stay with CBS 58 on-air and online for updates on this developing story.

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