7 killed in Wisconsin apartment fire;

Seven people were killed in an apartment fire in the southern Wisconsin village of Heartland early Friday.

“This is an active criminal investigation by the Heartland Police Department,” Police Chief Torin Misko said at a morning news conference. The cause of the fire in the four-family apartment complex is yet to be ascertained.

Misko said 15 fire departments and nine police departments responded to the apartment building, and they helped evacuate people from the building and from balconies. He did not know whether others were injured or not.

“This is a sad event for the community and for the first responders involved,” Misko said.

Heartland is 26 miles west of Milwaukee.

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