Milwaukee mother loses home, 5 puppies in north side fire
Annie Scholz reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- A Milwaukee daughter watched helplessly as her mother's home went up in flames Tuesday evening.
Not only did the owner lose her home, she lost beloved family pets.
Traci Montgomery got a frightening knock on her door Tuesday evening when a neighbor saw smoke coming from her mother's house across the street, near N. 29th St. and W. Roosevelt Dr.
"He was like 'you got to hurry up something's wrong with your mom's house,'" described Montgomery. "So I went to the back door and all I could see was smoke from everywhere."
Cell phone video shows the blaze which started just before 6:30 p.m. in the basement while the homeowner was at church.
"Especially at 6:21 (p.m.) most people would be home...It's good timing," said Milwaukee Fire Department 2nd Battalion Chief Spencer Vassel.
And while firefighters were able to put the flames out quickly, Montgomery said five puppies kept downstairs, died. She said when a neighbor offered to bring her mother home, there was a bit of good news. Two other family pets were unexpectedly spared.
"When they got to the church, they were like, the two dogs are in the car and that's when I just broke out in tears like, thank God," said Montgomery.
The Red Cross is offering the homeowner help, but her daughter said she'll likely stay with her for the time being.