Urban Milwaukee’s office after the fire (photo courtesy of Urban Milwaukee)
Urban Milwaukee continues to recover after a fire damaged it’s entire office space on N. Milwaukee St. in the Cream City. According to a report written by Urban Milwaukee president and co-founder Jeramey Jannene. More than 30 firefighters battled for hours to extinguish the flames. The renowned news outlet’s sister business, which sells Milwaukee-themed merchandise, was also damaged.
Nevertheless, it will take more than that to break the spirit of the 12-year-old city news source. “We must keep things in perspective,” Jannene wrote. “While there will be costs, both financial and of our limited time, the spotlight must remain on the defining issues in our community. We will continue to cover the pandemic and protests like we have before, hitting the streets to listen to what people have to say and analyzing the data to evaluate how Wisconsin’s fight against COVID-19 is going.”
No foul play was detected by firefighters, and the blaze appears to have been an accident. Jannene thanked the firefighters of the Milwaukee Fire Department for their efforts. “We don’t know of any injuries and for that we are grateful,” he wrote. “We are relieved to know the fire appears accidental.”
“While a fire has devastated us, it won’t stop us,” writes Jannene. Urban Milwaukee is sustained largely by paid memberships. As it rebuilds, it is urging continued support from its readership, a base built up over the course of more than a decade.
The outlet has taken to covering the daily protests in Milwaukee, which have been sustained for 11 consecutive days with more on the way.
Jannene concludes his report on the fire by saying, “now if you’ll excuse us, it’s time to get back to work.” As the headline of his piece declares, the news outlet will rise again, like a phoenix reborn from its own ashes.
Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.