Monday, March 12, 2012 - 1:31pm
Quick action by firefighters prevented a fire from spreading through a home's attic and causing structural damage on Monday afternoon. A quick response and aggressive fire attack saved the northside duplex and much of the contents.
The Madison Fire Department was called to 2718 Dahle Street at 2:44 pm for a fire on the second floor of the duplex. When firefighters from Station 10 arrived on scene they saw light smoke coming from the rear of the home.
Firefighters pulled a hoseline up the exterior stairs and opened the entry door. Smoke had filled the apartment and was banked down to the floor. Some fire was seen burning near the ceiling and was quickly knocked down with the hose. The ceiling in this area was pulled down and the walls opened up to extinguish fire that was spreading into the attic, walls and roof.
Firefighters ventilated smoke from the building and conducted searches to make sure everyone was out of the building. Conners, a large black cat who lived in the second floor apartment, was found hiding in a closet after the fire was extinguished. Besides being a little dirty and frightened, he appeared okay when he was reunited with his owner. No injuries were reported at the scene.
Damage to the building and contents is estimated at $75,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters remind everyone of these safety tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, in each bedroom, and outside each bedroom.
• Test your smoke alarms every month.
• Make an escape plan and have a fire drill to practice your plan.
• 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, 608-261-9845