Smoke bomb scorches house, 
displaces family
Dog dies from holiday flare


July 7, 2008

A fire caused at this residence, 337 Frame Ave., Waukesha, left at least five people without a home Saturday afternoon. Authorities said one of the tenants lit a smoke bomb in the house and did not put it out immediately. The house sustained serious damages.

WAUKESHA - An attempt to light a smoke bomb and throw it from a residence the day after Independence Day turned destructive for some Waukesha residents and fatal for a pet dog.

Around 2:15 p.m., emergency crews responded to 337 Frame Ave. for a structure fire. Waukesha Fire Battalion Chief Joe Vitale said a tenant inside the house attempted to throw a lit smoke bomb through window. Instead, the bomb landed in a wastebasket, which caught fire and spread to a nearby bed.

"The house was charged with smoke, it was just pushing with smoke," Vitale said Sunday of the Saturday fire scene.

There was a delay in calling 911, he said, which made the situation worse.




Two tenants and a friend of one of the tenants were in the house at the time, but were out of the house before fire department members arrived on scene.

One dog died, though two others were saved.

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This story appeared in The Freeman on July 7, 2008.