Fire Causes $10,000 Damage to Two Businesses

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 6:14am

On Wednesday, March 17th at 6:07 pm, the City of Madison Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire. Dane County Public Safety Communications 9-1-1 received a call from an employee at Café Zoma located at 2326 Atwood Avenue to report the fire. At 6:11 pm, Engine 3was first to arrive at the scene and found a small fire in a bathroom ceiling. The fire was quickly extinguished by Engine 3 and Ladder 1 crew used fans to ventilate smoke from the building. The bathroom is located between Café Zoma and Absolutely Art.

Prior to the arrival of Engine 3, an employee from Absolutely Art used a fire extinguisher, in an attempt to put the fire out. Smoke damage and residue from the fire extinguisher caused an estimate $10,000 in damage. The early call to 911 and the use of the fire extinguisher prevented major damage to businesses in the area.

City of Madison Fire Investigators have determined the fire was caused by a mechanical malfunction in the bathroom ceiling fan. No one was injured at the fire scene.

City Health Department was also notified, they are involved in reopening a food business after a fire. A Health Inspector determines which exposed food or products have to be disposed or kept.


  • Bernadette Galvez608-261-9844