Update: Red Cross assisting 19 adults, 7 children displaced from Milwaukee apartment fire

Update: Red Cross assisting 19 adults, 7 children displaced from Milwaukee apartment fire

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Updated: 9:12 a.m. on April 28, 2021

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The American Red Cross is helping 19 adults and 7 children who were displaced from their homes following an apartment fire in Milwaukee. 

The Red Cross says they are assisting the residents with temporary lodging at a local hotel, meals and access to health/mental health resources.

Red Cross teams are working with the property owner to connect with people in approximately 10 units of the building; we’re urging people who have not yet been in contact with the Red Cross to call and leave their information at 800-236-8680.


Published: 1:32 p.m. on April 27, 2021 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A fire near 31st and Michigan in Milwaukee displaced residents in 28 units of Merrill Park Apartments. 

Residents scrambled to safety after the apartment building caught fire Tuesday afternoon, April 27. 

Crews arriving at the scene were told there still be people inside. 

"We initiated an interior attack," said Milwaukee Fire Department Acting Deputy Chief Will Kowalski. "We were able to successfully extinguish the fire. We did find two people in the building who we brought out and turned over to paramedic units for evaluation." 

Those two people refused treatment, officials say. 

The American Red Cross is helping those displaced. They are in the process of connecting residents with temporary housing and other immediate needs, as well as assessing the full scope of how many people were displaced and how long they may be out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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