West side fire forces 11 people from home

Investigators look for cause of overnight apartment fire
West side fire forces 11 people from home

Eleven people were assisted by The Red Cross following a fire at their apartment building, Madison fire officials said.

Shortly after 11 p.m., the Madison Fire Department was called to a four-unit apartment building at 2005 Leland Drive on Madison’s West side.

The fire department said they saw heavy smoke and flames at the rear of the building when they approached the apartment. They said the fire was climbing toward the attic and roof.

Fire crews said they successfully knocked down the fire within 10 minutes of arrival, even as the flames traveled to the attic, providing more difficulty.

They said a search was completed, and no one was left inside. All 11 occupants evacuated on their own.

The fire department said at the time of the fire investigators were not sure where the fire started within the apartment. “The fire was significant enough that we were seeing some pretty heavy smoke damage across the second floor.” Lori Wirth, spokeswoman for the Madison Fire Department, said. “So, there is quite a bit of damage. I would say more on the second floor than on the first.”

Wirth said the Red Cross was assisting the 11 occupants of the apartment, providing a place to stay for the night because the electrical and water systems were not operational following the fire.

She said no one was injured during the fire and damage to the building and its contents are estimated at $150,000.