35th and Auer fire: 10 taken to hospital, cause under investigation

Dramatic video shows flames swallowing a Milwaukee home Thursday night left 10 injured and heartbreaking damage just days away from Christmas.

The fire near 35th and Auer broke out around 11 p.m. Thursday, injured 10 people, including seven children.

The fire broke out in an upper and lower duplex. When crews arrived on the scene they encountered heavy fire on the first floor with two children trapped on the balcony of the second floor. Others in the residence were rescued from the back door. 

While battling brutal conditions, firefighters rescued two kids preparing to jump from the second story. 

Injuries include burns and smoke inhalation. 

The fire spread, damaging surrounding homes.

"That’s a terrible thing to see," Fred Desauguste said. 

His home was touched by the fierce flames. 

"When I come, there were a whole bunch of police and cars. When I go to the corner, I saw my house on fire too," he said.

Daylight reveals the damage. From a burned coach to blackened and charred wood to ash and debris covering the front steps.

Friday afternoon, the property owner walked through mounds of shingles as he surveyed the damage. A devastating sight and emotional journey through the rubble. 

"Everybody, all the kids are safe. So I’m good," he said.

We are working to get updates on how everyone is doing tonight.

The fire extended to two adjacent structures. The other structures involved were not occupied at the time of the fire – but sustained significant fire damage. The fire is under investigation by MFD and MPD Arson for cause and origin.

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