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House fire that killed Milwaukee boy used as example during Fire Prevention Week


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Fire departments throughout Wisconsin are observing Fire Prevention Week.

In Milwaukee, officials hope people will learn some lessons following the weekend death of a 7-year-old boy in a house fire. The victim was identified Monday as Joelle Creasy.

Officials said an adult relative started cooking, and he then went upstairs and fell asleep. The man woke up and smelled smoke, and he jumped from the home’s roof while 4 children followed him.

None of them were injured, but Joelle was not part of that group. His body was found later on the home’s second floor.

The victim’s mother was visiting relatives in New York during Saturday’s blaze. The cause is still being investigated.

Fire officials said the home had smoke detectors – but they did not have working batteries.

Monday, Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing and Mayor Tom Barrett held a news conference to mark Fire Prevention Week. Rohlfing said Joelle’s death showed how devastating a fire can be. He was the 7th person to die in a Milwaukee fire this year, and the second child.

Two decades ago, the Milwaukee Fire Department created the “Survive Alive” house on the city’s south side, which shows youngsters how to be safe during a fire.

Funds were raised to buy the house after 18 kids died in fires in Milwaukee in 1987. About 350,000 kids have been through the “Survive Alive” house since it opened.