UPDATE: Milwaukee man charged with setting fatal house fire

(Michael Morgan, Photo: WITI)

UPDATED: Thursday, November 5, 2015 --- 4:42 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 26-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of using an accelerant to start a house fire that killed a 2-year-old girl and seriously injured a 10-year-old boy.

Michael Morgan was charged Wednesday with arson in the fatal fire Oct. 20 at his estranged wife's home in Milwaukee. He faces up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Six children and their grandmother were home at the time of the fire. The grandmother was able to guide four of the children, ranging in age from 1 to 11, to safety.

Firefighters found 2-year-old Taenajah Morgan and Michael Morgan's 10-year-old stepson inside the home.

The girl died the following day at a hospital. Her death is being investigated as a homicide. It wasn't immediately known if Morgan has an attorney.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 --- 5:02 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (WITI)--- Milwaukee police say Michael Morgan was taken into custody on Wednesday morning, October 28.

Twenty-six-year-old Morgan was wanted in connection with a homicide/arson that occurred on October 20 near 36th and Silver Spring Drive.

A 2-year-old child, Tae’najah Morgan, died following this arson fire, and 10-year-old Kevin Little was critically injured. Four other children and their grandmother escaped from the home.

Police say Morgan was taken into custody around 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

This case will now be reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for charges.
UPDATED Thursday, October 22, 2015---11:06 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police say the death of a 2-year-old girl in a house fire is being investigated as a homicide.

The young victim, Taenajah Morgan, a 10-year-old boy and their 52-year-old grandmother were seriously injured in Tuesday's fire. Authorities say the grandmother was able to guide four other children, ranging in age from one to 11, to safety.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says Taenajah died Wednesday.

Investigators believe the fire is suspicious and say they're searching for a known suspect.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 20, 2015---8:28 a.m.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WITI) -- Milwaukee police are investigating a suspicious house fire on the city's north side. Two children were pulled from the burning home by firefighters -- four other children made it out with the help of their grandmother.

House fire near 36th & Silver SpringFirefighters responded to a home on 36th Street, just north of Silver Spring around 2 a.m. Tuesday, October 20th. The initial reports indicated several children were trapped inside.

When crews arrived on scene they encountered heavy fire on the first floor. Some went up the interior stairwell, others deployed the ladder and they were able to locate two children, a two-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, on the second floor.

The children sustained serious injuries and are being treated at a local hospital.

"They were able to locate two children, bring them down the ladder and rush them off to waiting Milwaukee Fire Paramedic units," said Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski

The 52-year-old grandmother and the four children she rescued sustained minor to no injuries as a result of the fire.

"All six children and grandma were on [the] second floor above [the] fire when it started, and grandma was able to get four kids out," said Lipski.

"She was unable, based on the heavy smoke and high heat conditions, to work her way back and grab those final children -- but she really put it out there to get as many out as she could," said Lipski.

The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation -- however officials are calling it suspicious.

There are no suspects in custody at this time. Milwaukee Police and Fire Department personnel and State of Wisconsin Fire Investigators are continuing to investigate.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2015 --- 6:48 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Police are investigating a suspicious fire that seriously hurt two of six children in a Milwaukee house.

A two-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were taken to the hospital after they were found by firefighters on the second floor of the house early Tuesday. The children's 52-year-old grandmother and four other children suffered minor injuries at most.

Deputy Fire Chief Aaron Lipski says the grandmother was able to get four of the children to safety as the fire burned.

Police say no suspects are in custody. Investigators have not said why they believe the fire is suspicious.

Copyright: Associated Press 2015

(Michael Morgan, Photo: WITI)