Milwaukee Police officers responded to a domestic violence call around 3:15 a.m. on April 8 in the 1100 block of N. 18th Street. A suspect in a dispute started a small fire outside of an apartment door within a 20 unit apartment complex. The fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries and minimal damage being caused. As officers conducted an investigation inside the targeted apartment, an unknown subject used an accelerant to intentionally ignite a large fire inside a hallway of the apartment complex. Officers were quickly able to evacuate the entire apartment complex and escort residents to safety. The Milwaukee Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire, but many of the apartments are temporarily uninhabitable. The Red Cross is on the scene and working with families to provide shelter. A 32-year-old Milwaukee Police officer, with nearly three years of service as an officer, received a minor first degree burn on the right hand. The officer has been medically cleared and will return to full duty. There were no other injuries in the fire. The investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE (4/8/18 at 12:10 p.m.): The known suspect in this offense was taken into custody on April 8. This offense is still under investigation and will be presented to the District Attorney’s office in the following days.