1 helped out of building during apartment fire, officials say

Basement fire likely caused by discarded smoking materials
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No one was injured in a fire that damaged an apartment building on Madison’s east side Tuesday afternoon, according to a release.

Firefighters were dispatched to reports of an apartment fire at 914 Vernon Ave. around 5:30 p.m., officials said. It was also reported that an occupant needed assistance getting out of her apartment that was filling with smoke.

When crews arrived at the apartment building they found smoke in the hallways on the first floor and found a fire in the basement, according to the release.

Paramedics helped one person out of the structure as firefighters extinguished the flames, authorities said.

Investigators believe the fire started because of discarded smoking materials that smoldered between the building and its foundation, and eventually burned into the basement.

The fire is believed to have caused between $7,000 and $8,000 in damage.