Victim in Brown Deer fire was educator Ronn Johnson

Published on: 1/2/2014

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.

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 morning 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. There was a total of seven other departments that 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.