Cause of fire that displaced 3 still undetermined, officials say

The cause of a fire at an east Madison home that displaced a family last month is still undetermined, fire officials said.

The Madison Fire Department said crews responded to a report on Sept. 18 at 5:51 p.m. of a structure fire in the 100 block of South Marquette Street.

According to the report, a passerby called 911 and reported a house was on fire, flames could be seen coming out of the windows and a vehicle in the driveway was on fire.

Crews fought the fire and worked to protect the adjacent building from fire spread, officials said. Firefighters searched the basement, first and second floors for occupants, but no one was home at the time of the incident.

Officials said the fire caused $120,000 in damage.

“Investigators could not rule out discarded smoking materials as a possible ignition source, nor the possibility of mechanical issues with the vehicle parked in the driveway,” fire officials said in a the release.

Two adults and a child were living in the home, the fire department said.