Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:00am
An afternoon fire at a 2-story house in downtown Madison caused approximately $60,000 damage. Firefighters were called to the 400 block of West Mifflin St. at 3:14 p.m. When Ladder 1 arrived, crews observed smoke coming from the roof. Engine 1 took an aggressive interior attack, bringing the fire under control within minutes of their arrival.
Ladder 1 fought much of the fire from atop the roof, cutting ventilation holes in the roof to let heat and smoke out of the attic space as well as remove additional burning materials in the roofing material.
At least six occupants were displaced by the fire. Only one occupant was home at the time of the fire. He reported smelling smoke and when he went outside, a passerby was already calling 911.
Firefighters were able to move a number of electronics to a protected area in the two apartments to prevent damage. Crews remained on scene to ensure that any remaining hot spots were out and to prevent a possible re-kindle.
No injuries were reported at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947, firstname.lastname@example.org