The Marquette University Police Department is investigating the incident below. If you have more information, please contact MUPD immediately at (414) 288-6800.
Initial Incident Report Incident type: Fire
Incident location: 16th Street and Wells Street
Approximate time: 8:30 p.m.
Physical injuries: N/A
A dryer in a business caught fire and spread to a nearby wall. All residents of a nearby apartment building were evacuated and no one was injured. Milwaukee Fire Department is on scene and residents will be alerted when they can return to the building.
UPDATE at 10:41 p.m.: Residents were able to return to the apartment building.
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