One Dead in Overnight Fire Caused by Unattended Cooking

August 1, 2010

City of Madison Fire Department investigators believe unattended cooking was the cause of a fire that killed a northside woman this morning.

City of Madison firefighters were called to 524 E. Bluff at 12:21 a.m. Fire Company 10 arrived moments later. Crews first saw little smoke as they approached the 2-story condominium unit. Upon nearing the fenced-in patio, they could see flames through the front door and glass patio door. They were able to extinguish the fire within minutes. The body of the 46-year-old woman was found on the second floor.

A child was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but was not in the unit where the fire began.

The building where the fire began houses eight units. No other units were damaged. Investigators estimate damages to the single condo at $150,000.

Investigators found no evidence of working smoke alarms in the home.

The Red Cross is assisting three family members who lived with the victim.

This is the City's first fire-related fatality in more than two and a half years.

Contact:
  • Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947