Milwaukee condo complex a 'total loss' after fire breaks out near 72nd and Brown Deer

NOW: Milwaukee condo complex a ’total loss’ after fire breaks out near 72nd and Brown Deer

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- First responders in Milwaukee say a condominium complex on Milwaukee's north west side is a total loss after a fire Wednesday afternoon, June 12. 

Fire officials say the fire broke out just before 1:30 p.m. near 72nd and Brown Deer. 

Officials say Wednesday's high temperatures made fighting the blaze challenging. 

As temperatures continue to climb, you can feel the heat in the air and smell the smoke from what fire officials are calling an extensive fire. 

They say the fire started on the first floor of the condo, spreading quickly to the second-floor porch. Officials say the fire created heavy smoke and flames. 

They say thankfully, no one was injured. 

We spoke with people who were inside the complex when the fire broke out. They say it was unlike anything they've ever seen before.

"I just see people yelling, screaming, it's like a bunch of smoke, and then I just see like a burst of flames," said Akeenen Zolicoffer, resident at Whispering Hills. "So then I go back in, and I try to grab my brother and then it's just so much smoke I can barely breathe."

Fire officials are still working to determine the official cause of the fire. 

Neighbors say this is the second fire at Whispering Hills in less than a month. 

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