No injuries in west Madison fire that caused $110K in damage

No injuries in west Madison fire that caused $110K in damage

No one was injured in a west Madison home fire Saturday morning that caused $110,000 in damage, the fire department said.

Madison fire spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said a neighbor saw smoke coming from the windows of the house at 7009 Parker Hill Drive at about 10 a.m. The neighbor called 911 and knocked on the door, but no one answered. 

The two residents and their two dogs were not home at the time of the fire, Galvez said. Firefighters knocked down the door and found the home full of smoke. The fire was knocked down quickly, within about 10 minutes, Galvez said.

According to the report, firefighters used a forcible entry tool and an axe to get in the front door. The smoke inside was thick and the firefighters had zero visibility. They had to feel their way through the split-level home. Ladder crews took out the front windows to ventilate heat and toxic gases from the house.

Damage to the structure was $90,000 and damage to its contents was $20,000, the fire department said.

The homeowners have insurance and no one was injured, Galvez said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Saturday. The fire appeared to originate in the main area of the home, Galvez said.

A home on the same block just a couple houses down also caught fire four months ago. The fire at 7030 Parker Hill cost $300,000 in damage and injured two people in October.

Galvez said the fires are not related.