Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 4:00am
City of Madison firefighters were called to a working fire at 4157 Mandan Crescent at 2:36 AM this morning. Engine 9 arrived within four minutes and found a large fire burning in the rear of the house. Firefighters used water to knock down the flames and had the fire under control by 3:00 AM. Despite the quick fire attack, the smoke and flames had already caused an estimated $400,000 damage to the home and its contents.
The family living in the home escaped without injury. Fire crews conducted a primary and secondary search of the house to confirm that everyone was out of the structure.
The fire also burned off the electric wires supplying the home. These live wires presented an electrocution hazard until Madison Gas and Electric arrived to turn off the power supply for the wires.
The cause of this fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported at the fire scene.
Firefighters remind everyone of these safety tips:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each sleeping area. Interconnected smoke alarms will make sure the alarm is heard throughout the home.
• 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