Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 1:53am
Fire caused approximately $500,000 damage to an eight-unit apartment building and displaced eleven people on Madison's east side early Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to 3133 Forest Ridge Street at 11:53 PM. The first crew arrived within four minutes and found flames burning through the roof at the rear of the building.
Firefighters made an aggressive attack and stopped the fire that was spreading across the roof and through the attic. A second alarm was requested for additional personnel to respond to the scene. Fire crews conducted two complete searches of the apartments to be sure that everyone had evacuated safely.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported at the scene.
The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents with temporary housing and personal needs.
Firefighters remind everyone of these safety tips:
• Install a smoke alarm on every level of the home, one in each bedroom or sleeping area, and one outside the door leading to a bedroom. Interconnected smoke alarms will make sure the alarm is heard throughout the home.
• Test your smoke alarms every month.
• Have a home escape plan and practice it twice a year.
• When the alarm sounds, get out and stay out.
• After you have escaped, call 9-1-1 from a safe place.
• Never go back inside the building for any reason.
- Eric Dahl, 608-279-7148