A woman suffered minor injuries during a fire that happened early Sunday morning at a 16-unit apartment building at 6001 Joanne Drive.

The woman injured her hand and was treated on scene, but she refused to be taken to the hospital. The other adult and child that were inside the apartment at the time were not injured.

Fire and rescue personnel from the South Shore Fire Department and Mount Pleasant Police responded at 12:56 a.m. to a report of a balcony on fire. When they arrived on scene, they found smoke billowing out of a second floor balcony. The cause of the fire is likely from a cooking fire that happened earlier in the evening, according to a press release by the South Shore Fire Department.

The fire damaged the exterior wall of the building and went into the attic. There was minor smoke damage inside the apartment while the attic had moderate damage. The estimated cost of the damage is about $10,000.

The apartment is uninhabitable at the time. The family found another place to stay for the evening. Everyone else in the apartment building was allowed to return to their apartments at 2:30 a.m.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.