Toddler thrown from window, teen and woman also escape NW side fire

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Toddler thrown from window, teen and woman also escape NW side fire

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Apr 24, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Fire Department says that a two-year-old, a teenage boy and a woman escaped through windows after a fire spread to three units in their apartment building.

"We had a 25-year-old female that, in order to escape the fire, jumped from a second floor porch, a two-year-old that was thrown down to a bystander as well, and then I was told also a 13-year-old that suffered minor injuries while escaping the fire," Milwaukee Fire Deputy Chief Randall Zingler told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Dan O'Donnell.

"We found three of the four units fully involved in the fire."

A sister of the teenage boy says that smoke detectors woke him up.

"He said he went to exit downstairs, and he opened the front door.  He said flames were coming up the stairs.  He panicked, said he just kicked the window out and jumped," said Annie Thomas.

Zingler said all three people were expected to be OK.

The fire happened shortly after 8:00 a.m. on the 5800 block of North 87th Street, about two blocks north of Silver Spring Drive.

He also said firefighters put out the fire by 9:40 a.m., but the apartment building they were in has substantial damage, particularly to one side of the building.

Firefighters had to battle the fire from the outside due to the wind.

The Red Cross was on scene, assisting people who were displaced by the fire.