Home damaged by early morning fire

Firefighters rescue cat from house, officials say
Home damaged by early morning fire

A home was damaged by an early morning fire on Madison’s east side on Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to 222 Harding St. at 4:44 a.m. for a report of a fire. Firefighters said smoke could be seen from a block away, and flames were showing when they arrived.

Everyone was out of the home by the time firefighters arrived. Firefighters said a father, his son and a friend who was staying the night were at the home. The friend smelled and heard the fire and woke the other two.

Firefighters found a pet cat inside the home and safely evacuated it, according to a release.

Firefighters said the home has smoke alarms, but the one nearest the fire didn’t have a battery.

According to the release, the fire started in an upstairs storage room and spread to the attic and the roof. It also burned through the second-story floor.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

No one was injured.

Damage to the home is estimated at $50,000-$80,000.

The Red Cross is assisting the victims with finding a place to stay.