'A loud bang:' 3 escape house fire near 27th and Melvina

’A loud bang: ’ 3 escape house fire near 27th and Melvina

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Firefighters battled a house fire near 27th and Melvina Monday night.

Milwaukee police responded to meet the Milwaukee Fire Department around 6:02 p.m. 

Police say three adults escaped from the blaze unharmed, but the home is a total loss.

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang, and then saw huge flames coming out of the building. People in the area says it's a sad scene to see, especially since it's nearing the holidays. 

"It was actually huge...that I can feel the heat from there to here, so I'm about a couple of houses away from there, so I kind of felt the heat," said witness Reginald Bufford.

Milwaukee fire and police blocked off the street in every direction for hours. 

Family members of some of the victims say it was scary to know their loved ones were in one of the buildings, but they're glad they made it out safely.

"She just got home maybe two hours ago after giving birth to her daughter and she was getting ready to lay down and they heard a loud bang," said Latasha Sims, whose daughter's family had to evacuate. "They looked out the window and they noticed, you know, it was getting pretty hot in the house, so they looked out the window and they saw a fire and by the time they started getting dressed and putting their clothes on, you know, their house was on fire, so they ran outside."

The incident remains under investigation.

Red Cross is helping the family find a place to stay.

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