A Milwaukee firefighter was severely injured while fighting a blaze in the vicinity of 80th and Oklahoma on Thursday, officials reported.
The firefighter, whose identity has not been released, was responding to a fire that had broken out in a residential area. After arriving on the scene and determining the extent of the fire, the firefighter was severely burned while attempting to extinguish the blaze.
The firefighter was transported to a nearby hospital where they were treated for the injuries sustained. The individual is currently in critical condition, according to a spokesperson from the Milwaukee Fire Department.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though officials suspect it was caused by a malfunctioning electrical appliance. The Milwaukee Fire Department is working with local authorities to determine the cause and identify any potential safety hazards in the area.
The firefighter’s family has been notified of the incident, and the department is offering them its full support. The Milwaukee Fire Department is also providing counseling services to the firefighter’s coworkers to help them cope with the traumatic event.
The Milwaukee Fire Department urges all residents to exercise caution when using electrical appliances and to check for potential safety hazards in their homes. The department also reminds residents to keep their smoke detectors up to date and to practice fire safety tips to reduce the risk of injuries.