Boy dies after fire on Milwaukee's south side

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Boy dies after fire on Milwaukee's south side

By The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Feb 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 18, 2013

MILWAUKEE - A family from Milwaukee is in shock after a young boy died from injuries after a fire on the city's south side yesterday morning.

We're told seven-year-old Miguel Quintanilla died Sunday at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Miguel was listed in critical condition before his passing.

Milwaukee firefighters revived the seven-year-old twice after pulling him from a second-story bedroom at his family's house near 10th and Holt Saturday morning.

"I seen the smoke coming from the roof of the house," neighbor Khrista Niedzielski says. "I ran to the back because I was trying to see how bad it was. By the time I got to the front, they had already taken the boy out on the stretcher."

Miguel died Sunday afternoon after surviving overnight on life support.

"For you to tell me he passed away, [it's] sad," Niedzielski says.

According to firefighters, there were no working smoke detectors in the house.

For Niedzielski, it's a reminder to check your batteries.

"Something devastating had to happen before they realized they should check them," Niedzielski says.

An early investigation suggests an electrical failure might have caused the fire.

Firefighters are going door-to-door in the neighborhood near 10th and Holt on Monday to check smoke detectors.

Milwaukee Fire officials ask you to call 286-8980 if you want to have one installed for free.

A fund has been set up to help offset the costs to Quintanilla's family. You can donate to the fund at -

Miguel Quintanilla Fund
V.A. Credit Union
5000 W National Avenue Rm B0431
Milwaukee, WI 53295