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1-year-old girl dies after house fire on Milwaukee's north side

Posted at 1:20 PM, Feb 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-11 19:41:11-05

MILWAUKEE –  A Saturday night fire results in the death of a one-year-old girl and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage on Milwaukee's north side.

It happened overnight near North 28th Street and West Meinecke Avenue. 

“When I came home they had the block tapped off," Tyrell Dickerson said. "It was [a] lot of chaos out here so I thought maybe it was just like a murder thing or something."

Dickerson lives just around the corner from where flames first sparked on the first floor of the home in his neighborhood. According to the Milwaukee Fire Department, the fire started around 9:45 Saturday night leaving behind a badly burned home and an estimated $245,000 in damage to the home. 

“It was a lot of police and everything out here so I thought maybe it was my house,” Dickerson said. “It’s sad because I got kids of my own and I don’t know how it could have happened."

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner confirmed fire crews rescued a one-year-old girl from the home and she was taken to Children's Hospital. However, this morning she died and her autopsy is scheduled for Monday. 

“Whoever the parents [are]... it’s a sad day for them," Dickerson said. 

Deputy Chief Lipski also confirmed there were about five other people in the home (including children), but none of them were injured.