Man dead after Whitefish Bay condominium fire
WHITEFISH BAY - A man has died after a fire in a condominium complex in Whitefish Bay.
The fire happened in a complex on the corner of North Santa Monica Boulevard and East Henry Clay Street at about 7:10 a.m. Wednesday.
"We know it's a male in his 40's or 50's. It's not believed that he was the owner of the condominium," said North Shore Fire Department Chief Robert Whitaker to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi.
"Our companies..found a victim where we believe the fire to have originated in."
He explained that other people who escaped the fire were treated on scene.
Whitaker said that police and the State Fire Marshal were to be involved in an investigation into the fire.
A neighbor said the hallways were full of smoke when the fire happened.
"I just heard the fire alarm, felt my door, opened it, saw smoke, grabbed not-matched shoes and my purse, and out I went," said Cary Fellman, who lives in the apartment next to where the fire happened.
TODAY'S TMJ4 cameras showed that a ladder had been extended to the top floor of the apartment complex.
"Some people chose to get on their balcony. One of the gals was brought down the ladder," said Fellman.
Whitaker said that woman refused medical treatment on the scene.
Smoke damage spread to the third and second floors of the building. Initial damage estimates are about $150,000.
Red Cross officials said they were helping 19 people who were displaced by the fire.