‘It’s been playing over in my mind,’ Woman emotionally scarred by Milwaukee fire

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The witness won’t show her face, but she will share her story.

“It’s been playin’ over, in my mind, a thousand times,” the witness said. “I’ve been really scared. I’ve been terrified.”

The fear is from Friday morning’s scene near 38th and Wright, where a Milwaukee Fire Department spokesperson says a fire was caused by an incendiary device.

That fire claimed the lives of two people in the lower unit of an apartment.

“I looked out the window, first, and I saw somebody over there, and I still heard some voices, and, so I went to crack the door, to look, and, when I looked, I heard, that’s when I heard the glass break, and whoever it was, they jumped back in the car, and the yellin’, and explosion, it seemed like it all happened all at the same time. It was so quick,” the onlooker said.

Milwaukee Police have been able to identify the man and woman who died in the fire as Michea Sampson, 25, and Dontray Jones, 28.

A woman who lived in the upper unit tells FOX she and her son escaped, along with two others on the first floor.

“Couldn’t do nothin’. I was fumblin’ with my phone, tryin’ to call 911, and, when I finally called ‘em, I was screamin’. I was screamin’, so bad, on the phone,” the witness said.

As police, the ATF, and the State Fire Marshal continue what is now a homicide investigation, the witness says some sort of commotion withdrew her attention to the street in front of the crime scene at exactly 2:48 a.m.

“I was screamin’, hollerin’ to my husband, for him to come, and, ‘Help! I think somebody blowed the house up!'”

Now, near memorials that have gone up in and around the home, there are signs indicating the house will be razed by Wednesday.

“Oh, my God. I done seen stuff on tv, but, to see that … I promise you, I screamed so bad, my head been hurtin’ me for three days.”

 

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