Investigation into three-alarm fire at Sydney Hih
the WTMJ News Team
MILWAUKEE - The Arson Task Force was working Friday to determine whether it was safe to go inside the Sydney Hih building after a three alarm fire overnight.
"Any time we have large fires like that or fires that we cannot immediately put our finger on what caused it, we will allow the investigation to proceed so we don't contaminte any evidence, if there should be any," said Assistant Fire Chief Dan Lipski.
Milwaukee firefighters responded early Friday morning to a three-alarm fire at a downtown landmark that already has been partially demolished.
The fire happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday morning at the historic structure, on the corner of North Old World 3rd Street and West Juneau Avenue.
Home video from a TODAY'S TMJ4 viewer showed huge flames from the top of the building.
"They had heavy fire showing above the parapet wall from the roof area. They could also see through the 4th floor windows that there was some fire...there was quite a bit of smoke development pushing out of this building," said Assistant Fire Chief Dan Lipski.
About 90 fire-fighters responded to the fire.
"We immediately recognized that we were going to be going into defensive operations. We got our water tower set up early," said Lipski.
"We very rapidly got this fire under control."
It happened at a building which housed artists and people involved in the alternative music scene from the 1970's into the 1990's.
The Common Council had already approved of the demolition of the complex, which had begun earlier in August.
Two of the four Sydney Hih buildings had already been knocked down.
Investigators are trying to understand how the fire started, since the buildings have been vacated.