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Victim of reckless driving-caused house fires learns of incident on TV

Posted at 1:09 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 19:23:04-05

Milwaukee, WI - Two people are in custody after a police chase ended with two homes on fire. This latest driving crash comes just a day after a community meeting focused on that issue.

"I heard something go bang," Melissa Cole said.

Cole watched as the home went up in flames.

“All of a sudden there [were] flames everywhere and the flames kept getting bigger and bigger," she said.

Those flames left two homes torched and one man, Garfield Williams, devastated. He learned his home near 14th and Chambers now looks unlivable after watching the morning news.

“I [saw] it on the news," Williams said. "I was getting ready for work, and I was like [that home] looks familiar. So, here I am."

Police said a driver blew through a stoplight near 30th and Burleigh early Tuesday morning around 2:30 a.m., almost hitting another car. An officer then tried pulling the 21-year-old driver over, but she took off, leading police on a chase. She lost control of the car before crashing into the front porch of a home. The car then burst into flames, while also burning Williams' home.

“I’m feeling [shaken] up. I don’t [have] much so, I’m trying to… I don’t have insurance so I [have] to figure out how I’m going to… I don’t know, how I’m going to live,” Williams said.

The woman responsible for all this, along with her 24-year-old male passenger, tried to run after the crash, but they were arrested by police. As for Williams, he’s picking up the pieces now that a reckless driver has disrupted his peace.