41st and Burleigh fire: 'The worst day of my life'

Firefighters on Friday, Feb. 17, responded to the scene of a house near 41st and Burleigh in Milwaukee. The call came in shortly after 4 a.m. 

The flames torched one home and spread next door where Lisa Renfro lives.

"This has got to be the worst day of my life," said Renfro.

She was the one who called 911 around 4 a.m. Friday morning, Feb. 17.

Fire near 41st and Burleigh in Milwaukee

"The fire department had to help me and my son get off the porch because the house was on fire," Renfro said.

Renfro got out safely, but she was worried about her pets.

"The cat was okay," said Renfro. "Thank you, Jesus."

Her daughter, who is also named Lisa, lived downstairs for three years.


"It's a loss, but we safe. We're living. These materialistic things, we can get them back," said Lisa.

Dwayne Bond, the owner of Renfro's home at 41st and Burleigh in Milwaukee, said he has insurance.

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"Just looking at this place right now is just like (SIGHS)," said Homeowner Dwayne Bond. "You have to take a deep breath. And the positive note is that they made it out safely."

Homeowner Dwayne Bond

Now without homes, the people here still offer something the flames couldn't take away.

"We lean on other family, and we lean on our faith. Because that's the only thing that's going to get us through this," said Renfro. "But I'm grateful, and I'm thankful to God that I still have my life, my daughter still has her life, the kids next door to me still have their lives. I'm grateful for that."

The Batallion Chief said the cause of the fire is under investigation. Two individuals reported minor injuries. 

A GoFundMe Page has been created for one of the homeowners.