Media Release: House fire in Shorewood


For Immediate Release:

Shorewood, WI: This morning at approximately, 6am, the Bayside Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from a resident reporting smoke alarms sounding and smoke coming from the vents in a bedroom on the second floor of the home at 4608 N. Wildwood Avenue in Shorewood. Shorewood Police and North Shore Fire/Rescue units were dispatched immediately.

On arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke coming from the residence and requested that the call be upgraded to bring additional resources to the scene. Upon investigation, crews found heavy smoke in the basement and on the first floor of the residence. An aggressive offensive fire attack was initiated on the origin of the fire, located in the basement of the single family home. It was quickly determined the fire had also begun to run up the walls of the home and extended into the first floor, second floor, and attic. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly.

There were three residents, and one family pet home at the time of the fire. All were able to exit safely prior to the arrival of emergency crews. Additionally, no fire or law enforcement crews suffered any injuries while operating on the scene.

Damage to the home is extensive on all levels. It appears likely that the fire was burning for some time prior to being noticed by the homeowners. There were working smoke alarms on the second floor of the residence that awakened the homeowner. However, no other smoke alarms were noted during the investigation. North Shore Fire/Rescue would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms on every floor of the home, and near every sleeping area, give you the best chance for early notification in the event of a fire. The exact damage estimate to the structure and contents is not available at this time. The residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

North Shore Fire/Rescue and Shorewood Police continue to investigate the exact cause of the fire. Preliminary findings indicate that the fire is not suspicious in nature.

North Shore crews were assisted on scene by the Milwaukee Fire Department. Additionally, subsequent calls for service were covered by several neighboring fire departments.

For more information regarding this release, please contact Lieutenant Dan Tyk, the Public Information Officer for NSFR, at 414-357-0113 ext. 1513 or