18 people displaced in condo fire that caused severe damage

Eighteen people were displaced following a fire Monday that caused severe damage to west Madison condos, fire officials said.

The Madison Fire Department said crews responded at about 10:30 a.m. to the Greystone Condominiums at 703 Cricket Lane after multiple 911 callers reported there was a fire in the back of the building and that it was spreading fast. Black smoke was seen on the horizon as crews approached, and a crew saw heavy flames as they arrived at the scene.

Firefighters immediately entered a unit to search for occupants and pets who were possibly still inside, according to 911 callers. One dog was rescued right away and brought to the care of a neighbor. A second dog was later found unscathed and returned to its owners, who were not at home at the time of the fire.

According to the report, as search and rescue continued in adjacent units, dozens of firefighters focused on knocking down the blaze, which had spread along the upper level of the complex. Initial knockdown was achieved at 11:41 a.m., and crews continued to douse spot fires that flared up in the aftermath.

At least three condo units suffered severe fire damage, and others were impacted by smoke and water, fire officials said. A total of seven condo units were affected by the fire.

Madison Metro provided a cooling bus for displaced occupants, Madison police provided traffic control and assistance with occupant services and neighbors provided cold water and additional places for people and pets to stay.

All occupants have been accounted for and reunited with their animals, which included dogs, cats, a bearded dragon and frogs.

No one was injured, the report said.

Damage estimates were not yet available Monday afternoon, the fire department said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

18 people displaced in condo fire that caused severe damage 18 people displaced in condo fire that caused severe damage