Madison hotel fire caused by “trying to put out bed bugs with cigarette,” MFD says
MADISON, Wis. — A fire at a west side hotel early Friday morning was caused by “trying to put out bed bugs with a cigarette,” the Madison Fire Department said.
According to an incident report, firefighters responded to 55 Junction Road just after midnight for a report of a mattress on fire in one of the rooms.
Firefighters said a manager notified them that the mattress had already been brought outside.
Inside the hotel, a “significant amount of smoke” was still in the third floor hallway, according to the report.
Officials said a hotel guest told firefighters he was “trying to put out bed bugs with a cigarette.” When the mattress caught fire, an automatic sprinkler activated, and the mattress was removed by management before firefighters arrived.
Nobody was injured in the incident.
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