Brown Deer apartment fire displaces more than 100 people


A building fire in Brown Deer displaced more than 100 people.

The fire occurred at the River Place Apartments, 4130 W. Hawthorne Trace Rd., at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, according to a North Shore Fire/Rescue press release.

First responders discovered a “significant fire” in the building’s attic. Firefighters evacuated the building and extinguished the fire in about 50 minutes, the statement said.

A firefighter was slightly injured on the spot and returned to duty. No other injuries were reported, firefighters said.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears that it may be related to a lightning strike on the building,” the press release read.

The building complex is 110 units and 42 units are currently not habitable. “About ten of the units were fire damaged, the remaining units are uninhabitable due to smoke/water damage or because the specific area of ​​the building has no power,” firefighters said.

The Red Cross and North Shore Health Department have set up a shelter for displaced occupants at Brown Deer Elementary/Middle School, 5757 W. Dean Rd. “Anyone displaced by this fire is invited to join us for a comfortable place to stay, food and other essentials,” Red Cross spokesman Justin Kern said.

Kern said the Red Cross expects about 110 people.

Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @DrakeBentleyMJS.

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