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
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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