Cellphone video captures moment people jump from second-story apartment fire near 91st and Custer

NOW: Cellphone video captures moment people jump from second-story apartment fire near 91st and Custer

MILWAUKEE (CBS58)--It was a team effort Saturday night, Jan 2. Many gathered under a second story window to catch people as they escaped from the fire. Officials say a 27-year-old woman was injured jumping out of the window.

Several fire departments responded. It happened at Willow Tree Apartments near 91ST and Custer.

“I look at my camera and see smoke," Janisha Dunn said.

Dunn lived at the apartment complex, but she and her two sons were not at home when the fire started. However, she heard the commotion from her camera inside the apartment.

“I hear the sirens going off so I’m panicking like it’s a fire, I hurried up and got here and all of this was in flames."

Dunn pointed out her apartment window to CBS 58. 

“My living room, my son room, my room basically just gone.” 

On one side you can see right through the apartment walls. Fire crews say they saved most of the building.

While Dunn and others who lived here are working to get help, she say’s it will take awhile until life is back to normal.

“I am heartbroken at the moment, it’s materialistic stuff, I can get it back, nothing much but it’s just the time and waiting right now.”

Officials did confirm everyone got out safely. Fire crews say Red Cross is working with the displaced families.

The cause is still under investigation.


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