Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 1:43am
One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation injuries following a kitchen fire early this morning. The man was treated by paramedics and transported to UW Hospital. His condition is unknown, but he will be transferred to a Milwaukee hospital for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber.
Fire crews were dispatched to 706 Braxton Place at 4:26 am. Firefighters arrived within two minutes to find smoke coming from the apartment and a victim outside the building. Two City of Madison police officers, who were first on the scene, saw the man inside the smoke-filled apartment and pulled him to safety. Paramedics also evaluated a second person who tried to break open the apartment door.
The fire was extinguished with a small amount of water and a complete search of the apartment was conducted. Firefighters were told that a second person was trapped inside the building, but their search confirmed that everyone was out.
A smoke alarm was present in the apartment and firefighters heard it sounding as they extinguished the fire. Damage to the apartment and contents is estimated at $15,000. The fire originated in the kitchen and the exact 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 or sleeping area, and outside the bedroom doors.
• Test your smoke alarms every month.
• Have a home escape plan and practice it twice a year.
• 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.
• Please visit www.madisonfire.org for more safety information.
- Eric Dahl, 608-279-7148