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A Whitefish Bay resident declined transport to the hospital after an early morning fire Friday, Sept. 2, that caused about $30,000 in damage.

At 1:49 a.m., the Bayside Communications Center received a 911 call from the resident of an apartment building reporting smoke in the hallway on the second floor of 5200 N. Diversey Blvd. in Whitefish Bay. North Shore Fire/Rescue and Whitefish Bay Police Department units were dispatched immediately.

First arriving fire and law enforcement crews found heavy smoke conditions on the second floor, pulled a pull-station to notify other residents to begin evacuation of the structure and upgraded the alarm to bring additional resources to the scene. Upon investigation, crews found a fire that had mostly self-extinguished in a second floor apartment. The remaining fire was extinguished utilizing a pump can.

During the investigation and fire attack by the first arriving crew, they located a victim inside of the apartment who had been attempting to extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of fire crews. The victim was removed from the building and care was transferred to North Shore Paramedics. After evaluation on scene, the victim declined transport to the hospital.

It appears the fire started in an office/den area of a unit on the second floor of the structure. Investigators from North Shore Fire/Rescue and Whitefish Bay Police Department remained on the scene investigating the exact cause of the fire later that morning.

All occupants, with the exception of the unit of origin, were able to reoccupy their residences. The damage estimate to the structure and contents is estimated at $30,000.

No alarms were sounding on the arrival of fire and law enforcement units, despite a large volume of smoke in the common hallway.

North Shore Fire/Rescue would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms on every level and inside and outside of every sleeping area provide early warning, giving occupants in a fire the best chance to safely evacuate.

Alarms should be tested at least monthly.

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