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UPDATE: Second fire ignites from earlier blaze at Madison apartment

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison firefighters extinguish a flare-up from an earlier fire on Loomis Circle.

The City of Madison Fire Department says the original fire happened just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. At that time, it was a fully involved structure fire. Smoke could be seen from a mile away. As they arrived, firefighters saw flames on the roof and immediately put up a water tower to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent units. At the back of the building, they found heavy smoke and flames from the ground floor units, into the soffit and through the roof. They say this indicates a fast moving fire. The fire was put out around 7:55 p.m. A firefighter was hurt. He was taken to the hospital but is expected to recover.

The City of Madison says the structure is comprised of two buildings of four units each that share a common wall. One engine was left at the scene to maintain a fire watch as fire investigators began their work. When investigators had completed their initial assessment and were just about to leave the scene for the night, they did a final safety check and discovered fire in the roof of the neighboring building. They called in a full fire response just after midnight Thursday and the second fire was extinguished.

Six residents were displaced by the second fire. A total of 15 were displaced between the two fires. The American Red Cross is helping families who need shelter, food and clothing.

There were no injuries and everyone was evacuated safely. The cause of the original fire is being investigated.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A fire broke out on the east side of Madison Wednesday night.

Dane County Communications says that the Madison Fire department responded to a multi-family home fire at Loomis Circle at 7:23 p.m. 

The fire went through the roof of the multi-unit apartment, but no one was injured. 

About half of the building was damaged before the fire was put out. No word yet what caused the fire.


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