One Adult and One Child Transported to Hospital After Kitchen Fire

June 2, 2014

One adult and one child were transported to UW Hospital for possible smoke inhalation following a kitchen fire on Madison’s West side Thursday afternoon.
Around 3:30 pm, the City of Madison Fire Department responded to 50 S. Gammon Road for a fire in a second floor apartment. A resident of the 8-unit apartment complex called 911 after they heard a smoke detector and noticed smoke in the hallway.
First arriving crews saw smoke coming from a second story window. Upon entry to the building, firefighters encountered moderate smoke throughout the hallway and witnessed several occupants exiting the building.  As firefighters were getting ready to enter an apartment on the second floor, a person bolted out of the apartment and collapsed at the top of the stairs. Firefighters assisted her to the ambulance. A young child who was home during the fire was found safe outside. Both were transported to UW hospital and are expected to be treated and released later today. A second child lives in the home, but was in school at the time of the fire.
Firefighters ensured that the fire was out and conducted a thorough search of the building. Crews wanted to be sure everyone evacuated safely, since school was just released.
The fire caused significant fire damage to the kitchen area and smoke damage throughout apartment and hallway.
Responding units included, Ladder 2, Engine 12, Ladder 6, Car 31, Medic 9, Engine 7, Engine 4, Fire 19, Ladder 7, Medic 6, Fire 5, a PIO and a Fire Investigator. A total of 34 personnel were called to the scene.
Red Cross was called to assist the displaced residents.
The fire, which started in the kitchen, caused $10,000 in damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
City of Madison Firefighters and the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Remind Residents:
 

  • When you fry, grill, or broil food, stay in the kitchen.
  • Maintain a kid- and pet-free zone at least 3 feet away from the stove.
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
  • Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when you’re cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
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