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Discarded coals destroy garage

Courtesy: Madison Fire Dept. Courtesy: Madison Fire Dept.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Discarded coals from a charcoal grill placed in a city cart caused a fire.

According to the Madison Fire Department, it happened at 19 and 21 North Baldwin Street in the City of Madison. 

Residents were awaken and noticed a fire next to the garage. One of the occupants tried to use a dry chem extinguisher, but was not able to suppress the fire. The occupant also removed a gas can which was near the fire, before the arrival of firefighters.

Firefighters arrived around 4:25 am on Sunday to find heavy fire showing from the detached garage of the two-story flat. Crews pulled a hose line to the back of the house, where the garage was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire within 15 minutes and prevented the fire from spreading along a wooden fence and potentially to the neighbor's home.

The residents were grilling earlier in the evening. The resident thought the coals were cool so he placed the charcoal ashes in a city refuse cart, which was next to the garage.

The Madison Fire Department says the fire damage is estimated at $20,000. No one was injured.

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips:

1.) Make sure charcoal has been completely extinguished before disposing of the ashes and storing the grill – ashes may re ignite 48 to 72 hours after use.

2.) Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO) when burned. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments.

3.) Never use a grill indoors!

4.) If using a fluid to start the charcoal grill, use only starter fluid intended for this purpose. It is extremely dangerous to use any other combustible liquid to start the coals.

5.) Never apply charcoal lighter (starter) fluid after the charcoal has been lit.

6.) Store starter fluid away from heat sources and out of reach from children

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