One Injured in House Explosion

September 21, 2010

One man was injured this morning following an explosion at a home on Madison's east side where he was doing renovation work.

Firefighters were called to the house at 214 S. Marquette St. at 9:50 a.m. when neighbors heard the explosion. The 45-year-old man, who was doing work for the owner of the home, fled the house. He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transferred to UW Hospital with burn injuries.

Firefighters from Engine Company 4 entered the home and found a small fire on the first floor of the house. They extinguished the fire with a water extinguisher.

While damage to the building from fire was minimal, the explosion did cause significant structural damage; several windows were shattered by the blast and an interior stairway separated from the wall.

Damages are estimated at $100,000. The cause remains under investigation.

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