Friday, January 13, 2012 - 9:25pm
Three people were injured and more than sixty were displaced from their homes following a fire on Friday night at 306 N. Brooks St. Fire caused extensive damage to a four story building containing offices and 102 apartments. The building is owned and operated by Porchlight Inc.
Firefighters received the call at 6:37 pm and arrived on scene within three minutes. Crews were directed to the second floor where they found heavy, thick smoke. One crew began searching for the fire while others searched all floors of the building for any people still inside. The fire was extinguished and declared under control within 20 minutes.
The displaced residents were initially provided shelter in Madison Metro buses and the lobby of Granger Hall. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the fire victims with immediate personal needs. The Red Cross also opened a shelter to provide temporary housing for the displaced residents.
No damage estimate was available and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The National Fire Protection Association and the Madison Fire Department offer these safety suggestions:
• MAKE a home escape plan and discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
• Know at least two ways out of every room
• Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
• Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
• Practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
• Close doors behind you as you leave.
• IF THE ALARM SOUNDS...
o If the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets.
o If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
o Call the fire department from outside your home.
- Eric Dahl, 608-261-9845