WAUKESHA, Wis. – The City of Waukesha Fire and Police Department has reached a preliminary conclusion as to the cause and origin of the apartment fire which occurred on Tuesday, March 8. Two people died from the fire, Kimberly McQuade, 51, and 50-year-old Kevin McQuade.
The fire broke out at a four-unit multi-family residence near Lambeth and Haymarket, not far from the Fox Run shopping centre. Investigators said the fire started around 1:30 a.m.
The findings of the joint fire investigation team determined that the origin of the fire was in apartment No. 2 in the living room near the wall that separates the kitchen and the living room.
The cause of the fire remains undetermined as the investigation continues. However, officials say there was some use of candles in the original area. Additionally, several electronic devices have been identified as wired and internet devices by the occupier near the origin area.
Waukesha Police say a computer error prevented firefighters from getting help for The Burning Building. The city’s fire and police chiefs said they were reviewing the automated dispatch system. He never dispatched fire crews after the first 911 call.
“We have identified that the system is not working as ideally as we would like,” Fire Chief Steve Howard said.
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Fire and police departments continue to stress the importance of having a working smoke detector inside every room, outside every bedroom, and on all levels of the home, including the basement. Additionally, all residents should test their smoke detectors and practice their escape plan to ensure everyone can escape a fire safely.