Fire threatens two businesses on Madison’s near west side

MADISON, Wis. — Madison firefighters saved two University Avenue businesses from burning down overnight after employees spotted smoke and flames coming from a neighboring restaurant.

Fire officials said they were dispatched to the near west side after an employee at Wings Over Madison called 911 to report that the neighboring Qdoba was full of smoke, but the restaurant was closed. A couple minutes later, the Wings Over Madison employee reported seeing flames inside Qdoba.

The two restaurants are attached to each other in the 2700 block of University Avenue.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming through the roof of the building. Crews entered the building and did a search to make sure no one was inside.

The fire was quickly knocked down, but the extent of the damage is unclear. Fire investigators were still on the scene as of 3 a.m.