Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:51pm
A kitchen fire caused approximately $10,000 damage to an efficiency apartment at 2120 University Avenue Tuesday night. City of Madison firefighters received the call for a structure fire at 8:43 pm.
Engine 4 arrived at the 118 unit apartment building within four minutes and went directly to the fire apartment. When firefighters opened the apartment door they saw a small glow of fire near the kitchen and heavy smoke in the unit. They quickly extinguished the fire with a small amount of water.
Smoke and fire damage was limited to the single apartment. No injuries were reported at the scene. The fire appears to be accidental and investigators continue to investigate the cause.
A neighbor from another apartment discovered the fire when she smelled smoke and saw a haze in the hallway. When she looked outside the building, she saw black smoke coming from the window facing Campus Drive. The building’s fire alarm was activated to warn the residents of the fire.
Please remember that smoke alarms save lives. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
Make sure your home is safe for you and your family by following these safety tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, in each bedroom, and outside each bedroom.
- Test your smoke alarms every month.
- Make an escape plan and have a fire drill to practice your plan.
- 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.
- Eric Dahl, 608-261-9845, firstname.lastname@example.org