Fire Causes $600,000 Damage to 4-Unit Apartment Building

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:40am

On Thursday, May 20th, City of Madison Firefighters were called to a structure fire at 838 North Thompson Drive. When crews arrived, flames were burning through the roof. Firefighters attacked the fire from the inside, but then exited the building so they could fight the fire defensively, where master streams from aerial ladders were used to help put the fire out. Once the building was deemed safe to re-enter, firefighters extinguished spot fires throughout the structure.

At 12:53 am, residents from the building, called 911 to report the fire. A total of seven adults and four children escaped the 4-unit apartment building without injury.

Fire damage to the building and contents is estimated at $600,000.

The fire is under investigation.

Red Cross helped the residents with temporary housing, along with food and clothing vouchers. Madison Police and Madison Metro also assisted at the scene.

Two out of the four families have renters insurance.

American Red Cross remind residents:

Many people do not understand what renters insurance can do for them. Insurance can assist in financial and emotional recovery from disasters. It replaces more than any community organization can provide. If you rent an apartment or a house, renters insurance will reduce the financial hardship of a fire, theft, or other disaster.


  • Bernadette Galvez608-261-9844