Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 3:18pm
Fire caused heavy damage to a two story house at 6913 Stockbridge Drive this afternoon. Two occupants, who were home at the time of the fire, escaped without injury. The house and its contents are considered a total loss.
Firefighters were dispatched to a working fire at 2:53 PM. Engine 5 reported heavy fire coming from the building as they arrived on scene. This crew was ready to enter the home and attack the fire when they noticed that the first floor was collapsing. A floor collapse and large volumes of fire are indicators that a building may be structurally unsafe. Based on these facts, the fire was fought from outside the building.
Additional fire units were called to the scene to relieve firefighters who were actively involved in the fire attack. Personnel were rotated to a rehab area where they could cool down, drink some water, and allow their bodies to rest before returning to a work assignment. This reduces firefighter injuries and exhaustion on an emergency scene.
Madison Gas and Electric responded to the scene to turn off gas and electric service to the home. The Madison Water Utility assisted by turning off the water supplying the house.
The cause of this fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported at the fire scene.
Firefighters remind everyone of these safety tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each sleeping area. 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.
• Please visit www.madisonfire.org for more safety information.
- Eric Dahl, 608-279-7148