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72-year-old man killed; firefighter injured following arson fire near 12th and Wright

Posted June 19

— 72-year-old man killed; firefighter injured following arson fire near 12th and Wright

By: Stephanie Staudinger

Posted: Jun 16, 2017 9:21 PM CDT | Updated: Jun 17, 2017 11:37 AM CDT

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A 72-year-old man is dead following a fire on Milwaukee's north side Friday evening. Milwaukee Police have identified the victim as Willie O. Greer.

Firefighters found Greer's body on the first floor of a rooming house on fire at N 12th and W Wright Streets. It took one-and-a-half alarms to get the fire out.

The Milwaukee Police believe the fire was intentionally set by a woman around 7:30 PM Friday. They are investigating the incident as an arson/homicide and are searching for the known suspect. The circumstance surrounding the fire and death are continuing to be investigated by the MPD.

A firefighter was injured while fighting the fire. The firefighter was struck in the head by an object and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The firefighter is expected to be okay.

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