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'Where's the Christmas tree?': Fire leaves Milwaukee family without home ahead of holidays

Posted at 10:21 PM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-09 23:25:30-05

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man and his family are now without a place to stay during this holiday season following a house fire near 30th and Concordia.

The fire took place on Dec. 2 around 6 p.m.

“I was remodeling the house. I was slowly getting it together,” said Miguel Viramontes-Taylor, the homeowner.

Man loses dog and home in fire

He said he was working hard to provide a good holiday for his girlfriend and stepchildren this Christmas. Now, their most essential possession, their home, is gone.

“I came home and I noticed that the house was smoking,” Viramontes-Taylor said.

Fire crews said much of the property was destroyed. His girlfriend and stepchildren were gone at the time for the fire. The family did lose a longtime pet, however.


“My dog. He was in there. He was on the upper level,” he said.

Sancho, Viramontes-Taylor's dog of almost seven years, was gone.

At the house, a candle memorial is set up in the room where he was found.

“It was hard knowing this is where they found him,” Viramontes-Taylor said.

Memorial for Sancho

Milwaukee Fire Dept. says the cause of the fire is still being investigated. Viramontes-Taylor is looking into it as well and questions if it could’ve been suspicious.

The only clue is a gaping hole from the middle of the living room through to the basement. It’s believed to be where it started.

In the meantime, he’s starting over, from a motel with his family and kids, who themselves have a lot of questions about what happened.

home destroyed

“They’re wondering why we’re not home. Where's their stuff? Where's the Christmas tree? Where’s Sancho? I don’t really know what to tell them,” Viramontes-Taylor said.

Viramontes-Taylor's sister created a GoFundMe to help deal with any costs. Viramontes-Taylor, who purchased the home in April, said he did not have insurance when asked.

You can visit the GoFundMe here.

Miguel Viramontes-Taylor
Miguel Viramontes-Taylor

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