Homicide attempt, arson investigated in home explosion on north side
WTMJ News Team
Jermont Terry reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- New information on an explosion in Milwaukee that injured three people.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry reports that the gas line may have been intentionally turned on to ignite last months fire near 38th and Keefe.
Windows are still boarded up at that duplex where a gas explosion injured firefighters and left a 55-year-old man with burns over 70 percent of his body.
That explosion destroyed the building and was felt down throughout the block.
The chaos from June 3rd is something Melvin Goodrum and others living near that building won't forget. "There were police, fire trucks and people running all over the place," recalled Goodrum.
Court documents obtained by TODAY'S TMJ4 reveal investigators believe it was arson, and a homicide attempt.
Five firefighters including Battalion Chief Ray Groth were hurt. "I could have easily been killed that day," said Groth to TODAY'S TMJ4.
The 55 year-old man who was moving out of the unit remains in a medical coma with 3rd degree burns.
Court documents show large sums of money were taken from his account days before the explosion.
When crews went to inspect the place they found an "open gas valve" indicating "this may have been an intentional act."