May 30, 2023

Man Rescued from Milwaukee Apartment Fire


MILWAUKEE, Wis. —Milwaukee firefighters rescued a man from his burning apartment Friday night.

The man is still in the hospital and is unconscious, authorities said.

The fire was limited to one unit.

Milwaukee Fire Capt. Rich Matiszik was one of the first on the scene. He joined crews around 11 p.m. and went inside the burning apartment to search for possible victims.

Firefighters found a man in a back bedroom unconscious and not breathing.

Matiszik, who helped carry the man out to paramedics, said the smoke was thick and he could barley see.

“It’s not like you see on television shows where you can walk in and see across the room. It’s pretty limited visibility, limited sight and sound, so we’re used to that. We train for that, we’re ready for that and we make due,” Matiszik said.

The victim has not been identified. Neighbors who live here say he’s in his early 30s.

The cause of the fire appears to be cooking-related, investigators said.

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