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Early-morning fire forces dozens to evacuate apartment complex near 29th and Highland

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Dozens of people had to be evacuated after a fire at at apartment complex near 29th and Highland early Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

Officials said the fire was mainly contained to the third floor. 

Forty eight apartments had to be evacuated around midnight. 

It was a second alarm fire and the apartment where the fire started is a total loss. 

One resident said she didn't hear smoke alarms and she was alerted about it. 

"It just sounded like a stampede. Like I could just hear people, tons of people running down the stairs and that’s when I opened the door and I started hearing the fire alarms and then I saw the apartment manager and he was like call 9-1-1, call 9-1-1," said Mariah Gilman, lives in the apartment. 

"Earlier this morning, I heard a bunch of ambulances and fire trucks and I step out and see about 10, 12 fire trucks out here. I saw this building up there with the broken window that was on fire," said Michael Green, lives nearby. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Authorities don't believe it to be suspicious. 


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