On Friday, September 2 at 1:49 a.m., a Whitefish Bay apartment resident called 911 to report the presence of smoke in the second-floor corridor of 5200 North Diversey Boulevard.
Fire and law enforcement crews arrived to thick smoke throughout the second floor, though no alarm was going off. They activated a manual pull station alarm to wake other residents and evacuate them. They found that most of the fire had died on its own and whatever remained was put out with a pump can. One remaining resident, who had been attempting to put out the fire on their own, was removed and treated for minor injuries.
The investigation has led authorities to believe that the fire began in the office/den area of one of the second-floor units, but a reason is still unknown – the owner of this unit was the only person who was displaced by the fire. All damage is suspected to total $30,000.
Due to the lack of alarms, the Fire Department issued a follow-up statement asking everyone to make sure that the fire alarms in their homes are in working condition.
If you or someone you know was the victim of a house fire that was not your fault, you may be able to receive compensation. Contact an attorney with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your possible legal options.