Man dies in house fire, fire department makes plea: "Please check your smoke detectors"

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Even with a very quick response by firefighters, one man is dead, after a fire on Milwaukee's south side.

The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, June 7th.

Only a small amount of smoke could be seen coming out of the one story home near 12th and National, but firefighters say the incident was deadly.

"There are no working smoke detectors or smoke detectors at all inside of the structure," said Dan Lipski, assistant fire chief.

Officials say an 81-year-old man was found unconscious on the floor. Responders were unable to revive the man and he was pronounced dead on scene.

"The Milwaukee Fire Department is making a plea to everyone to please check your smoke detectors and make sure that they are working," said Lipski.

The name of the man has not been released. Firefighters could not say at this time, if the man attempted to get out of the house, or how the fire started.

Firefighters will go door-to-door on Monday, June 9th -- checking homes for working smoke alarms in the area surrounding the home where this fire occurred.

If you are in need of a smoke detector, you're asked to call 414-286-8980 to have one installed by Milwaukee firefighters.

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