Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 9:43am
Earlier this afternoon the Madison Fire Department released the fire damaged building at 306 N. Brooks Street to its owner. A fire inspector witnessed the testing of the fire alarm system and verified that the building is safe for residents to move back in.
Residents will be allowed to move back into the building except for those living on the second floor of the west wing. Porchlight staff, volunteers and contractors have been working throughout the day to clean the building and make repairs. Some residents will return to the building today while others will remain at a motel or shelter until tomorrow. Arrangements have been made with other social service agencies to provide housing for the residents of the second floor of the west wing.
The four story building is operated by Porchlight Inc. and houses offices and 102 apartments. Fire heavily damaged the building on Friday night. More than 60 residents of the building were evacuated and spent the night in a shelter, motel or with friends or family.
Investigators believe the damage could exceed $750,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
- Eric Dahl608-261-9845