Duplex fire in Fitchburg causes $800K damage, fire officials say

Duplex fire in Fitchburg causes $800K damage, fire officials say

A duplex fire in Fitchburg overnight displaced all residents and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, according to a news release.

The Fitchburg Fire Department said a fire in the 3000 block of Woods Edge Way in a housing development near the intersection of McKee Road and Seminole Highway is out Friday morning after several departments helped crews work through the night.

The call for the fire came in shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday. Because of the extent of the fire and the cold weather conditions, multiple area departments were called in to assist.

Officials said the fire originated in one side of a two-unit, side-by-side condominium, and both units were significantly damaged. Residents from both units have been displaced.

All residents who were home at the time of the fire were able to safely evacuate and there were no reported injuries during the incident, according to the report.

The cause and exact location of origin of the fire were were not known Friday, but the cause doesn’t appear to be suspicious, fire officials said. Estimated dollar loss is at least $800,000.

Madison Metro brought a bus to provide shelter for residents and the American Red Cross assisted the two families who were displaced by the fire.

Police blocked off the intersection of McKee Road and Woods Edge Way while crews were at the scene.

The fire department is investigating.

.@FitchburgWIPD wouldn’t let our crews any closer to this fire, but we’re working to learn more. #news3 https://t.co/Kodn9u2o07 pic.twitter.com/K2XZODxmXK

— Dannika Lewis (@DannikaLewis) December 7, 2018

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