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More than 40 displaced in massive apartment fire

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Posted at 10:17 AM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-05 18:17:55-04

MILWAUKEE -- A fire broke out in a large apartment building near 45th & Hampton where several residents had to be rescued.

The Milwaukee Fire Department was called to the scene at about 8:30 A.M. Sunday for reports of smoke coming from the building.

Desiree Flores lives in the building. At the time of the fire, Flores just got home from work.

“I just got home from work, someone was banging on my door and I opened the door I saw black smoke,” Flores said.

Flores was able to get outside safely and call the fire department.

Due to smoke, some residents on the second floor had to be rescued from windows.

Schuyler Velott, Acting Deputy Chief, was called to scene once the fire was upgraded to a 2nd alarm due to the number of residents in the apartment building.

"We had several people hanging from windows and our firefighters threw up some ladders," Velott said.

Just after 1 o’clock, residents were able to go inside their homes in order to get essentials.

One person suffered a minor injury on the scene: cuts and scrapes to the hand.

The Red Cross is helping residents by opening up a shelter for residents and provide meals at Redemption Lutheran Church.

We reached out to Pay My Rent 5, the property management group for the apartments, to see if it would be helping with new housing, but have yet to get a response.