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Victim in Brown Deer fire was former educator Ronn Johnson

Home has extensive damage after early morning blaze

Brown Deer Police Officer Ted Kern (right) and an unidentified North Shore firefighter look into at a home located at 8581 N. 63rd Street on Tuesday in Brown Deer. The building was the scene of a fatal fire Monday, and firefighters were called back to the scene after Kern noticed smoke rising from the building.

Brown Deer Police Officer Ted Kern (right) and an unidentified North Shore firefighter look into at a home located at 8581 N. 63rd Street on Tuesday in Brown Deer. The building was the scene of a fatal fire Monday, and firefighters were called back to the scene after Kern noticed smoke rising from the building. Photo By Peter Zuzga

Jan. 3, 2014

Brown Deer — Former educator Ronn Johnson was the victim of a fatal house fire Monday, a police spokeswoman said.

Johnson's body was found badly burned inside his home at 8581 N. 63rd St. and police could not immediately identify the gender. An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed the victim was Johnson.

The North Shore Fire Department found the body during their secondary search of the home.

Brown Deer police are leading the investigation and have said the cause of the fire, and the cause of death are still unknown. Police are waiting on an autopsy report and toxicology results before any determination is made. The reports could take eight weeks or longer.

Johnson, 47, is an ex-charter school leader and former Milwaukee Public Schools teacher. He was charged this summer with nearly two dozen felonies in a child sex abuse case.

Johnson was out on bail after being accused of sexually assaulting five children over more than 20 years.

Two 911 calls came over about 5 a.m. Monday reporting smoke and flames coming from a residence on North 63rd Street. There was extensive damage to the home.

The North Shore Fire Department, the medical examiner's office, the ATF and the state fire marshal are helping Brown Deer police with the investigation, Lt. Lisa Kumbier with the Brown Deer Police Department said. A total of seven other departments responded to the blaze including Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Menomonee Falls, Cedarburg, Thiensville, Mequon and Germantown.

Despite frigid temperatures, crews did not have any issues with water flow as neighbors had shoveled around two hydrants on the block. There were buses on-scene to provide personnel an escape from the cold.

— Danielle Switalski

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