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Alder Tim Gruber

Alder Tim Gruber

Alder Tim Gruber

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Home Address:

513 N. Owen Drive
Madison , WI 53705

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Gruber’s Blog

Candle Safety

February 21, 2017 8:06 AM

This past Sunday, there was a fire at Sherman Terrace on the east side that took the life of a resident. The Madison Fire Department has determined the cause of the fire was an unattended candle. Please be careful if you burn candles.


The Madison Fire Department's Fire Investigation Division has determined that the fire which took place at 6 Sherman Terrace, Unit #2, on Sunday, February 19, was accidental in nature and resulted from unattended candle use in the master bedroom. Estimated damage to the unit is approximately $20,000.


This tragic incident serves as a reminder to all of us to use candles safely and to never leave candles unattended. Furthermore, the following safety tips could be instrumental in preventing a candle-related fire in your home:

Never burn candles on or near any object that could catch fire;
Keep candles out of reach of children and pets;
Use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use;
Avoid drafts, vents, or air currents;
Extinguish your candles before leaving the room or going to bed.


Please review these candle safety tips courtesy of National Candle Association and the National Fire Protection Agency.






Cynthia Schuster

Public Information Officer

City of Madison Fire Department

Administration Offices

314 W. Dayton St.

Madison, WI  53703-2506


Office: 608-261-5539

Cell: 608-444-6749

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