MADISON, Wis. - Madison fire crews responded to three near-simultaneous structure fires between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, officials said.
First crews were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. to 605 Elmside Blvd. for reports of an odor of smoke and haze in a house, according to a release. Firefighters could smell an electrical odor and noticed a slight haze in the kitchen when they arrived.
A thermal imaging camera did not detect any hotspots and crews determined the smoke was coming from the refrigerator motor, officials said. An electrician was called to assist at the scene.
The second, and most serious fire, happened at 725 Pulley Drive around 6:35 p.m., according to the release. A neighbor saw smoke and flames come from the home. The occupants were not home at the time.
Crews found smoke coming from the front door and eaves of the single-family home when they arrived, officials said. They entered the home and found a fire in the kitchen area. The fire was extinguished within minutes of crews arriving.
The fire caused significant damage to the kitchen, and there was smoke damage throughout the residence, according to the release. A dog and two chinchillas died in the fire, but a bearded dragon lizard was rescued from the fire and survived.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but damage is estimated at $40,000.
The third fire was called in around 7 p.m. at 4505 Tennessee Trail, according to the release. The kitchen fire was extinguished quickly, and firefighters followed up with ventilation.
There were no injuries reported in the Tennessee Trail fire, and damages are being calculated.
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