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16 displaced by Milwaukee house fire

16 people have been displaced after a house fire near 1st Street and Clarke Avenue on Milwaukee's north side early Monday morning. The residents include 10 adults and 6 children. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The initial call came in around 4:00 a.m. CBS 58 photojournalist Kevin Weis spotted flames emerging from the roof of the 2-story home. Battalion Chief Dewayne Smoots with the Milwaukee Fire Department says he called in extra help because of the bitter cold conditions. Air temperatures were well below zero at the time of the fire. One child was injured, we're told, because of falling embers.  However, no other firefighters were injured.

CBS58 was able to speak with the property manager.  He says everything in the home was up to code, and there were working smoke detectors. he estimated the damage to be $50 thousand.  He does plan on rebuilding.  The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Crossing Jordan Ministries on the north side is collecting donations as well.



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