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Police: Fatal fire that killed woman and child in Milwaukee intentionally set

Milwaukee Police are investigating after a fire at a home on the city's west side claimed the life of a woman and child.

Officials responded to the home near 68th and Stevenson around 9:00 PM Saturday.

A 29-year-old woman and a 4-year-old girl were found dead in the home.

Police said that this is a homicide investigation and they believe that the fire was intentionally set.

The investigation is ongoing to determine a motive and police continue to seek suspects.

Neighbor, Vicki Clark says she was just like "auntie" to her neighbors.

"I was just praying somebody didn't do anything to them to cause this," said Clark.

Clark fought back tears when she learned the fire was set intentionally. She says she was good friends with the woman and her daughter. She was recently given the daughter's school picture. 

"I showed [firefighters] them where the bedrooms were, and asked them to please get them out because I knew they were home," said Clark. 

Clark says the fire seemed unusual, and she only smelled a sweet, barbeque smelling smoke. 

"The building was not burning. The windows were not busted out. It was a heavy, heavy smoke you could see through the windows of the house," said Clark.

"If God had to take them I'm glad they're together. I know they're okay," said Clark.

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