Madison Firefighters Save House from Structural Damage; No Injuries

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 3:45pm

A quick stop by City of Madison firefighters this evening prevented fire in an exterior wall from extending into the living areas of a multi-family residence at 132 Lathrop St.

The fire was called in by tenants shortly after 6:00 p.m. They reported a smoke smell that had lingered for several hours following some repair work near a bathroom window.

There were four tenants in the building at the time of the fire. All were evacuated safely.

Firefighters from Engine Company 4 were first on scene. They conducted a 360-degree size up of the property and observed smoke coming from the rear of the building.

Crews from Engine 4 and Ladder 1 traced the smoke to a bathroom on the second floor. Upon opening the wall beneath the bathroom window, they found smoke and flames inside the wall.

Crews extinguished the fire within minutes of their arrival, preventing further extension and exposure to neighboring properties.

Damages are estimated at $20,000. An exact cause has not yet been determined.

  • Lori Wirth, (608) 575-4943