Milwaukee fire, 20th and Mitchell; 2 buildings gutted by flames

Firefighters on Monday morning, June 17 responded to the scene of a 2-alarm structure fire on Milwaukee's south side.

Crews were called to the area of 20th and Mitchell shortly before 3 a.m. The fire gutted two buildings. 

"Given the humidity today and the heat we experienced the past two days, it is also very taxing on the firefighters. They performed excellent today, top-notch," said Battalion Fire Chief Robert Hartung. "We were able to knock down the bulk of the fire very quickly to prevent it from spreading further."

2-alarm fire near 20th and Mitchell, Milwaukee

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People who live near the buildings say they are shaken up.

Aftermath of 2-alarm fire near 20th and Mitchell, Milwaukee (SKYFOX)

"We took a loss with this big building. It's been here for years been here since I was born and probably even longer," said Joel Lopez, resident. "We were concerned for sure making sure no flames come over and don't cause no damage out here either."

Aftermath of 2-alarm fire near 20th and Mitchell, Milwaukee (SKYFOX)

FOX6 News spoke with the owners of one building off camera. They said they were distraught by the incident – as they were in the process of renovating the building. 

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No injuries have been reported. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.