Firefighters put out blaze at downtown parking ramp

Fire destroyed a 1994 Lexus, damaged two others
Firefighters put out blaze at downtown parking ramp

Three vehicles were damaged late Thursday night after a fire broke out inside one of them in a downtown parking ramp, according to the Madison fire department.

Firefighters responded to the incident inside the Lake Street parking ramp just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Crews responding could see black smoke coming from the structure from two blocks away.

Fire officials said firefighter had a hard time locating the vehicle through thick black smoke that filled the lot. However, firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze once they found the 1994 Lexus that had caught on fire.

Fire officials said the blaze also damaged two vehicles parked next to the Lexus. The vehicles suffered around $15,000 in damage combined, according to the fire department.

The fire doesn’t appear suspicious, according to the fire department. The blaze also caused minor heat damage to the some electrical wiring in the parking ramp. Parking utility staff will assess the extent of damage to the ramp later today.

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