Four displaced by Madison basement fire

A firetruck

MADISON, Wis. — Four people were displaced Friday after a fire broke out in the basement of an east side home.

Firefighters responded to the 1500 block of Wendy Lane around 11:15 a.m. for a report of smoke and strange odors coming from the home. When they arrived, firefighters said they smelled smoke inside the home.

Crews entered the basement where they found heavy smoke, but no immediate source of heat or fire. A brief search uncovered smoldering items in part of the basement. Firefighters extinguished those items with a water can extinguisher.

When residents spoke with firefighters at the scene, they said two cats were still inside. Fire crews re-entered the home and found the cats, which were taken to an ambulance and given oxygen by first responders.

Officials said the damage is estimated to be around $1,000.

The Madison Fire Department’s Investigation Team is working to determine what caused the fire. The American Red Cross helped the four residents who were displaced.