Sprinkler Extinguishes Fire in 45-unit Apartment Building, No One Injured

Incident Type
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 10:10pm
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 10:15pm
7900 Block Tree Lane
Madison, WI 53717

Shortly after 10:00 pm on Tuesday, City of Madison Firefighters responded to a water flow alarm on the 7900 block of Tree Lane.

When Ladder 2 arrived, no smoke or flames were showing. The fire alarm was sounding and people were evacuating the 45-unit apartment complex.

Crews went to the second floor, where they saw light gray smoke coming from one of the apartments.

Ladder 2 requested an upgrade to a full fire response and MPD for crowd control. Inside the fire apartment, they discovered gray smoke but did not feel heat. Firefighters found a sprinkler had activated in one of the bedrooms.

Other crews assisted in ventilating the building and helped shut down the sprinkler system.

Damage estimate to two apartments is $25,000. Two families were displaced, which include 3 adults and 5 children.

Red Cross is assisting the families with temporary housing and other emergency needs.

The fire is under investigation.

A single sprinkler head prevented the fire from causing major damage or from spreading to other apartments.

Posted 06/16/2021 - 3:00am

Bernadette Galvez, 6082430180