One man died in a condominium fire on Henry Clay Drive Wednesday morning.
The fire at 303 E. Henry Clay Drive was reported at 7:11 a.m. The fire was already well-involved in a third-floor unit and spreading into the hallway, North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said. Firefighters were able to contain the fire.
A man, estimated in his 40s, was found on the floor of the apartment. Whitaker said paramedics tried to resuscitate the man, but he was later pronounced dead on the scene. The man has not yet been identified.
The aggressive fire attack prevented what could have been a very quick fire spread through the attic, according to a news release issued by NSFD. Smoke damage has been found throughout the second and third floors of the building. The total damage estimate at this time is $150,000, according to the news release.
One woman was rescued from a balcony as firefighters brought her down a ladder.
The Red Cross assisted 19 people put out of their homes due to the fire, and residents were escorted back into the building within a couple hours.
One of the neighboring residents said the man renting the condominium unit was holding a party last night, and it was so loud she had to ask him to keep it down.
She said the neighborhood came together to support each other after the fire alarm went off this morning.
"This is a wonderful neighborhood," she said. "The response from the neighbors has been wonderful."
The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the NSFD, the Whitefish Bay Police Department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office.