Man arrested for allegedly setting fire to a South side home

Investigators believe he broke into the basement
Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 19:17:26-04

A 43-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire that started Sunday night at a home on Milwaukee’s South side.

Investigators believe the man started the fire on South 33rd Street near National Avenue, which left 10 people without a home, though no one was injured.

Jazmin Valadez lives next door to the burned house, and watched the fire.

"When I saw the house, it was a lot of smoke coming out of the basement. I was super scared, we were like super shocked about this house," Valadez said.

"It was burning my eyes, it was super burning, I started crying," she also said.

The fire began around 6:30pm. and an early investigation shows the fire started in the basement of the house. Some believe the suspect broke through a basement window.

"That wasn't right, whatever he did, let him pay for the crime," said Angel Maldonado, another neighbor.

Everyone is just grateful they got it safe.

"For me I'm happy and thank God that the people who live there, they came out sooner and they're safe. I don't know where they're at but I'm happy they're ok," Valadez said.

"I'm glad that nothing happened to anybody that was in there," Maldonado said.

TODAY’s TMJ4 is still working to get the name of the man who was arrested.

MPD is planning to present this case to the DA's office soon.