Multiple Janesville townhouses damaged in fire

Red Cross assisting displaced residents
Multiple Janesville townhouses damaged in fire

Seven townhouses were damaged in a fire on Sunday, according to the Janesville Fire Department.

Firefighters witnessed a large, black column of smoke as they approached the 3200 block of Midvale Drive about 2:30 p.m.

Fire authorities said the fire started in a two-car detached garage and spread to a nearby, two-story, 16-unit townhouse building. The fire spread quickly into the attic of seven of the units before the fire was put out, according to a department news release.

The building was built in 1996 and is owned by Paul Caprioli of Brookfield.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital after a part of a ceiling fell on top of her. She was treated and released. Fire authorities said two other firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exertion.

Three volunteers from the Red Cross assisted displaced residents with food and shelter.