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2 intentional fires leave dozens without place to stay


Dozens of people are forced from their apartment homes in Milwaukee for a second night after two arson fires.

Police say they responded to a call about a domestic dispute at the Windsor Court Apartments at North 18th Street and Juneau Avenue at 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

Police say a man started a small fire outside of an apartment door that was quickly put out.

"They're saying it's smoke, heavy smoke. Get out," Marquis Wilder said.

"Once they cleared us to go back in. The next thing I know. Like five trucks pulling back up again, talking about they got a call saying the whole third floor is on fire," Wilder said.

Police say a man had intentionally set a second fire in a hallway using accelerants. They evacuated everyone from the building.

"Somebody was pouring gasoline all over the floor to start the fire. So basically they were trying to burn the whole building down. I don't even know why," said Daja Brown.

"They could have killed everybody. There's kids, old people," Brown said.

"He actually set the building on fire. He could have killed us if we didn't just happen to call the fire department," Wilder said.

Neighbors say an officer suffered a minor burn helping people get out of the building.

Police say the 32-year-old Milwaukee police officer received a minor first-degree burn on the right hand. The officer has been medically cleared and will return to full duty. There were no other injuries in the fire.

"An officer ended up getting injured. So that's a very unfortunate situation. If you can't get along then walk away from the situation," said resident Ashton Epps.

The Red Cross says several apartments suffered damage and everyone is being kept out of building 1133 Sunday night. The Red Cross says it has helped roughly 50 people find temporary shelter.

Police say they’ve arrested the suspect who started the fire and their investigation continues.

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