29th and Scott fire, Milwaukee firefighter falls through floor

A Milwaukee firefighter fell through a floor while battling a two-alarm blaze on the city's south side Thursday morning, July 13.

Flames and smoke rose into the sky, clouding over a neighborhood near 29th and Scott.

"The flames just kept going," said Anastasia Gonzalez. "Pieces started coming off."

Milwaukee firefighters were dispatched to a house fire on the city's south side around 9:30 a.m.

"They found heavy, heavy smoke pushing out of the second-floor attic," said Milwaukee Fire Department chief Aaron Lipski.

"The flames are still going," said Gonzalez. "They are throwing themselves in there to make sure everybody making it out safe."

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Fire near 29th and Scott, Milwaukee (Courtesy: Joseph L.)

While crews battled the fire, a call came across the radio call that frightened Lipski.

"When this sort of thing comes across the radio," Lipski said. "You sort of fear the worst."

A firefighter fell through the floor of the attic onto the second floor.

"He is refusing any medical attention at this time." said Lipski, "But, those things, you're flying on adrenaline.  We're going to keep a very close watch."

It was a close call, but thankfully officials said he will be okay.

"It’s a hard job; you gotta respect it," Gonzalez said.

Three others, including two children, were able to make it out of the home safely before firefighters made it to the scene.

"One of the neighbors did say there was a dog in the house that didn’t get to make it out," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said her heart goes out to the family.

I wouldn’t wish this on nobody," said Gonzalez.