MFD: Unattended stove likely caused apartment fire; family asleep inside impacted unit

One adult, two children helped outside
MFD: Unattended stove likely caused apartment fire; family asleep inside impacted unit

Madison firefighters believe an unattended stove caused the fire that displaced a family on Madison’s southwest side.

Firefighters were called to a four-unit apartment building along the 5800 block of Russet Road shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

As crews entered the building, they noticed smoke in the hallway, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department.

Firefighters forced the door to a second-floor apartment and encountered black smoke. They found flames coming from the stove inside the apartment, according to the release.

As firefighters conducted a search of the apartment, they found an adult and two children still asleep in their bedrooms. Firefighters got the family outside safely.

Damage is estimated around $10,000.

No one was hurt in the fire.

The Red Cross is helping the family find temporary housing.

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