A fire at a duplex on Milwaukee’s north side killed two people on Saturday. The fire broke out shortly after 6:00 AM at a duplex in the 3900 block of N 14th St, just south of West Capitol Drive. The victims, Clarence Murrell Jr. (60) and Patricia Colston (53), died at the scene. Colston was a mother and grandmother who worked in the home healthcare field. She had moved into the upper flat of the duplex about two weeks before the fire. Her brother, Ed Johnson, described her to the Journal Sentinel as, “The most caring person you would ever meet. She had a heart of gold.”
First responders arrived at the scene at 6:11 AM after receiving a report of “electrical trouble” at the duplex. The two victims were found unresponsive in the upstairs kitchen and were declared dead at the scene. A woman in the downstairs flat had called 911. She escaped without injury. The Milwaukee Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of the fire. According to the Milwaukee Deputy Fire Chief, seven people have now died in fires in Milwaukee in 2019.
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