Arson may be cause of Madison fires

Madison Police are investigating local fires
Arson may be cause of Madison fires

The Madison Police Department is looking into arson as the possible cause of local fires.

A car fire began near Walton Place and Yahara Place early Tuesday morning.

Residents in the area reported hearing an explosion at about 3:30 a.m.

Authorities on the scene found the passenger compartment of the car on fire and window fragments were found up to 60 feet away.

A witness reported seeing two white “teenagers” in the area before the explosion and described them as tall and thin, wearing dark-colored shorts and light-colored shirts. The witness said one was carrying a bag.

The 22-year old Madison car owner said nothing flammable or explosive was inside the vehicle and he was unaware of any mechanical problems that might cause a fire.

The Madison Fire Department put out the car fire and is working with the Madison Police Department on the investigation.

Another fire started just two hours earlier in the 700 block of West Washington Avenue in a Dumpster. A resident in the area heard a bottle exploding and someone screaming, then saw flames from the Dumpster and nearby items.

It is unknown whether other Dumpster fires in Madison over the past few days are connected to these incidents.

Anyone with information should call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. If you see suspicious activity, call 911.