Electrical fire displaces 5, causes $30K in damage

Attic fire damages 2-unit house on near west side, officials say
Electrical fire displaces 5, causes $30K in damage

Five people were dispatched by a fire that caused $30,000 worth of damage to a two-unit apartment building Monday, according to a release.

Madison fire officials said the electrical fire broke out just before noon at 200 S. Mills St.

Two people were home in the upstairs apartment when they heard crackling noises and noticed burn marks in the ceiling, according to the release. They evacuated the building and called 911 to report the fire. No one was home in the first-floor apartment.

The fire was in the attic area, but crews were able to quickly put it out, officials said.

If the residents were not home at the time the fire started, it could have burned through the roof and caused major damage to the building, according to the release.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was an overloaded electrical circuit.