Basement fire displaces 15 people, causes $350K in damage

Northside Fire Response

MADISON, Wis. — A fire at a Madison apartment complex displaced over a dozen people Monday.

Crews were called to the complex in the 500 block of Northport Drive just before 3:30 p.m. after multiple people reported seeing fire and smoke. Brown smoke could be seen coming from a basement window when firefighters arrived and a window frame was on fire.

Everyone in the building was safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. Firefighters put out the initial flames, but hot spots kept appearing. Crews eventually noticed smoke coming from the roof line of the building and were able to confirm that fire had spread through the pipe chases.

Work continued until firefighters were able to find and put out all of the fire.

15 people from seven different households were displaced during the incident. The fire is estimated to have caused about $350,000 in damages. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.