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Single mother, 3 children displaced after apartment complex fire in West Allis

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Single mother, 3 children displaced after apartment complex fire in West Allis

CREATED Jun. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 13, 2013

WEST ALLIS – Flames consumed a 30-unit apartment building in West Allis Thursday afternoon.

The blaze broke out just after 1 p.m. in a building in the Morgan Grove Apartment complex.

No one was hurt.

Fire investigators weren’t sure yet what caused the fire. Police were interviewing a woman on scene whose apartment is believed to be where the fire initiated.

A family friend tells TODAY’S TMJ4 a single mother and her three kids live in the apartment. The mother was at work. The friend said the three kids had been home earlier in the day but were not there when the fire started.

“You couldn’t even see the door to the exit it was just that black.”

Tom Roberson was fast asleep in his room as the hallway of the building filled with smoke. He credits an unknown man for saving his life by yelling outside his window for people to get out.

“If he hadn’t done that I probably wouldn’t have woke up.”

The Red Cross opened a reception center at Hoover Elementary School at 12705 W. Euclid where those affected can meet to discuss their needs. The Red Cross will determine whether they need to open an overnight shelter as a result of those conversations.

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